Issue Briefs

How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families

In the United States, eligibility for government social benefits is based mainly on an absolute measure of poverty - the federal poverty level - which is an income threshold that varies by family size…

The High Cost of a Cheap Dollar

The United States and other countries intermittently or persistently pursue currency depreciation - to the point that the phrase "currency wars" is now part of many nations' vocabularies. Switzerland…

How Fracking Helps Meet America’s Energy Needs

Crude oil prices are hovering around $100 per barrel, and the United States is producing oil at a rate not seen since the Alaska pipeline began flowing in the 1970s. At the same time, the growth of na…

Veterans and Higher Education

The post-September 11, 2001, GI Bill provides education benefits to veterans who serve at least 90 days on active duty. It covers up to 36 months of costs for even the most expensive public colleges i…

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) that deny federal matching funds for Medicaid to states tha…

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) that deny federal matching funds for Medicaid to states tha…

Reforming Alabama’s Medicaid Drug Program

Alabama is forging ahead with plans to move Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans. In doing so, the state should change its policies of administering pharmaceutical drug benefits separately from…

How U.S. Agricultural Subsidies Harm the Environment, Taxpayers and the Poor

Proponents of agricultural subsidies often justify them as necessary to compete in international agricultural markets and ensure a variety of plentiful, inexpensive food for domestic consumers. The fe…