State Factor: States are Engaging EPA on Clean Power Plan

Much has been written in this space recently about the impacts of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. There are, of course, financial concerns about the effects of the Plan on electricity rates, gross domestic product, employment and disposable income. There are also reliability concerns, specifically having to do with the … »

Texas Failing to Offer Private School Choice

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities. … »

Update: 2013 Criminal Justice Reforms on Course for Success in South Dakota

Earlier this week, the South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on the implementation of the state’s Public Safety Improvement Act of 2013. South Dakota, like many states across the nation, had experienced an immense growth in prison spending with no commensurate public safety … »

Gubernatorial Elections and the Message on Taxes

While there is plenty to analyze from the elections as a whole, one of the most important lessons that we can glean from the 2014 mid-terms is on taxes. The message sent this election cycle to the nation’s governors is unmistakable. Governors who enacted bold tax reforms were reelected, even … »