Supreme Court Rules In-Home Personal Care Providers Cannot be Compelled to Pay Union Agency Fees

In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court held in Harris v. Quinn that the First Amendment prohibits the collection of agency fees from in-home personal care providers who do not wish to join or support a union. While the ruling deals a blow to organized labor by prohibiting personal … »

The Energy Link: Energy Producing States and Economic Growth

 In this space, we have written about an apparent connection between states that develop their natural resources and lower unemployment rates.  Between 1995 and 2011, the four states that saw their unemployment rates improve at the greatest rate compared to the national average are significant energy producers: West Virginia, North … »

State Tax Cuts Indicate Emphasis on Economic Growth

The 2013 legislative session saw a strong trend of states cutting various taxes, as 18 states passed net tax cuts into law. When one-third of the country cuts taxes, it is clear economic growth is a top priority for states digging out of a dismal economy. The cuts range from … »

Consumer Behavior and Retail Bag Usage

Thus far in 2014, many state lawmakers have had to consider several different types of legislation that regulate, tax, or ban single-use retail bags. Some proposals target plastic, others paper, and others go after both. Proponents of such plans will often claim that they’re designed to deter litter and to … »