Cigarette smuggling and student achievement drew two recent media mentions for Mackinac Center scholars.

An Op-Ed on cigarette smuggling by Michael LaFaive, director of fiscal policy, and Todd Nesbit, a Penn State professor and adjunct scholar with the Center, appeared in the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal. The piece pointed out that states that raise or have high tobacco taxes also have higher rates of cigarette smuggling.

A columnist in the McAllen (Texas) Monitor, cited Mike Van Beek, education policy director, and his recent research into student achievement and the length of the school day and year.

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