Brief Analyses

Restricted to two letter-size pages, a Brief Analysis summarizes some aspect or aspects of a public policy issue, presenting points for consideration in policy debates or responding to points that have been raised during these debates.

New Taxes on the Wealthy Are Bad News for Everyone

The new health care law will substantially increase the tax burden of high-income workers and small businesses over the next few years.  Those tax increases could be piled on top of other tax increase…

Nuclear Power Development: Removing Roadblocks

The use of nuclear power to generate electricity is growing worldwide. More than 100 nuclear power plants are under construction or in various stages of planning, and many existing plants are expandin…

Education Vouchers Benefit Edgewood Students

Tuition voucher programs attempt to improve academic performance through school choice. Vouchers pay a set amount to schools chosen by the students' families. Some programs are federally funded (like…

Congress Declares War on HSAs

While Congress has been debating health reform, employers have been creating new consumer-driven health care (CDHC) plans.  In fact, CDHC plans are the only type of health insurance that has been show…

Health Exchange Subsidies Would Impose High Marginal Taxes

Both the House and Senate health reform bills would establish exchanges offering people health insurance policies. Low-income individuals and families who did not have employer-provided health insuran…

Health Insurance Exchange Subsidies Create Inequities

Both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill, as well as the Obama administration's "compromise" proposal, offer large subsidies to encourage low- and middle-income individuals and house…

Economic Freedom, Democracy and the Quality of Life

Capitalism and democracy are both known to improve the quality of life. But which is more effective in promoting social welfare? Three typical measures of social welfare are health, education and dise…

Climate Change: Developing Countries Control the Thermostat

In December 2009, representatives of nearly 200 governments met in Copenhagen, Denmark, to hammer out the details of a new climate change treaty. Treaty drafts indicated that industrialized countries…