Key Policy Data


In today's fast moving world, keeping informed on the public policies, at the federal, state, and local levels, that impact your personal or work life is a daunting task. Fortunately, technology can aid in that effort and Key Policy Data was created to help you.

We accomplish this important goal with the help of data visualization and discovery programs we can post huge amounts of data without sacrificing usability.  For instance, our state and county tax burden app can quickly show you how your state's tax burden ranks and how it has changed over time with just a few clicks of a button.

No fake news. All of our work is extensively documented and has been used by think-tanks, news media, legislators, and grass-roots activists all over the country. We encourage constructive discourse on our commenting system and/or social media and we look forward to the interaction--whether you agree or disagree with us.


Why the ads? Many other organizations also try to accomplish the same work as Key Policy Data. However, many are not-for-profits that depend on donations, often from large foundations. We've seen too many valiant efforts die a slow death simply because the money ran out.


Key Policy Data is attempting to blaze a new trail by monetizing our efforts through ads (served via Google). We believe this will provide us with long-term staying power that has eluded other efforts. To date, however, this has been a labor of love despite the significant overhead costs of launching such an ambitious project.

We hope that you find the information on Key Policy Data useful and we kindly request that you share this website with your friends and family. Additionally, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to make sure you don't miss any of our analysis on the important public policy issues impacting your state.

Key Policy Data is a joint venture between Public Choice Analytics and Visigov.

Public Choice Analytics for the U.S. States

J. Scott Moody, M.A.

J_Scott_Moody.jpgJ. Scott Moody is currently the President and CEO of the Family Prosperity Institute. Scott has nearly 20 years of experience as a public policy economist. He is the author, co-author and editor of over 180 studies and books. He has testified twice before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures.

He has been invited to speak before various organizations such as the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Legislative and Exchange Council. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, The New York Post, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and others.

His professional experience also includes positions as CEO of Federalism In Action, CEO and Chief Economist of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Senior Economist at The Tax Foundation and Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation.

Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wingate University (Wingate, N.C.). He received his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).

email: jsmoody (at)

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Wendy P. Warcholik, Ph.D.

Wendy_Warcholik.jpgDr. Wendy P. Warcholik is currently the Chief Economist of the Family Prosperity InstituteShe has worked as an Economist in public policy settings for nearly 20 years.  She has extensive experience in applying statistical and econometric tools in public policy paradigms.


Her professional experience includes positions as Economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, D.C., Chief Forecasting Economist for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services, Adjunct Scholar with The Tax Foundation, and Research Fellow at The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.  Her academic teaching experience includes teaching various economics classes to undergraduate as well as MBA students.

She received her PhD in Economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).  While pursuing her Ph.D., she was a Bradley research fellow and affiliated scholar with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan’s Center for the Study of Public Choice.

email: wendywarcholik (at)

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For complete publication list see: Public Choice Analytics CV



We are veteran IT professionals, who see an opportunity to combine our experience, our enthusiasm for terrific tools, and our civic concerns about the difficulty of understanding and influencing government activity.

Michael Walker

Michael is co-founder and a Managing Partner of Visigov. He regularly mixes his sales responsibilities with his long-standing interest in exploring government data. In the past seven years he’s built more than 400 applications for state and local governments, newspapers, and public policy think tanks. Michael has 35 years of experience working in a wide variety of IT projects for government, non-profits and profit-making businesses. 

email: michael (at)

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