Here is another sampling of policy-related reads that we found intriguing over the past week or so.
Luring small business with low taxes. This column from Bloomberg Business Week suggests that, despite legislative efforts to craft the "best" tax climate for small businesses, "state taxes do little to influence where entrepreneurs choose to operate."
Teenage birthrates at record lows. Teen birth rates have fallen to historic lows across the country and across all ethnic groups, according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control. New Hampshire led the nation, with fewer than 16 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 years old. (The national rate was about 34 births per 1,000.)
Digging out of the hole. As states slowly emerge from the Great Recession, the question of how taxes recover is getting plenty of attention. Here's an interesting article and interactive chart from Governing Magazine (based on U.S. Census data) that shows that tax collections jumped in all 50 states in 2011 over 2010. New Hampshire, however, saw some of the smallest year-over-year increases.