California is driving on fumes and living off the residual investments and innovations of past generations. Is it any wonder so many Californians are heading to Texas or Arizona?
A recent flurry of legislative activity suggests why forfeiture reform succeeds—and why it fails.
Reason's roundup of state races and ballot initiatives
Republicans rode an electoral wave in 2010 and used that perch to draw favorable congressional districts in many states. Will Democrats have the same opportunity after this year?
Plus: Pandemic brings rise in electronic ankle monitoring, a court rules on stimulus checks for incarcerated people, and more...
The COVID-19 pandemic will strain some state budgets, but you shouldn't believe the predictions about catastrophic cuts.
Leasing state toll roads could provide the revenue states need to improve their balance sheets.
Tennessee's requirement that barbers have at least a high school education is "unconstitutional, unlawful, and unenforceable," ruled the state's Chancery Court.
This Week in Policing Reform: Utah Outlaws Kneeling on Suspects' Necks, Memphis P.D. Ends No-Knock Raids
There's a lot going on. Here's a rundown of significant police reform news from around the country.
Law enforcement, on his orders, violently dispersed nearby peaceful protesters.
John Baker and Robert Miller identify an alternative
Officials in six Pennsylvania counties say they will allow businesses to reopen without permission from the state government. Expect more of that.
With some investment returns likely falling as far as 15 percent, states are going to face a cumulative pension debt of between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion by the end of the year.
Plus: Americans plan to stay home for months, courts block more abortion bans, Amash "looking closely" at presidential run, and more...
The president again insisted that the federal government can open the country by fiat. It cannot.
New York's New Budget: No Legal Weed, No Fracking, No Flavored Vapes, No Police Transparency. But You Get E-scooters!
If only everybody weren’t stuck in their homes.
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The real motive for laws like this has nothing to do with scissors and glue. It's all about protectionism.
A new paper raises constitutional questions about expansive state-level regulations that reach beyond their borders.
The guiding principle for California policymakers seems to be: Tell everyone what they want to hear—or at least stick to the rosiest scenarios.
They should scrap other Certificate of Need laws too.
It's probably true that there is no magic ratio of legislators to constituents. Still, do Californians need more representation?
California's progressive political imperatives are having such glaring real-world repercussions that it's hard to keep ignoring them.
A judge has ruled that the town's Confederate monuments must stay.
Milton Friedman famously observed that "nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." The rare demise of a government program, it seems, is temporary too.
A weekend where a few items are free of sales taxes is a poor substitute for permanent reforms.
And it's actually kind of great.
Consolidation in hospital markets is one cause of rising healthcare costs.
A Texas City Attorney Was Arrested and Detained for Helping Three Young Migrants on the Side of the Road
One of the migrants was gravely ill.
Straw banners have sucked victory from the jaws of defeat.
The bill represents a win for defenders of plastic straws
SB 50 is starting to look less like a bold reform, and more like a marginal improvement on a dreadful status quo.
Plus: a Robert Kraft/spa-sting update, Florida sex-buyer registry nixed, D.C. activist alleges entrapment, and more sex-work and sex-policy news.
A candid picture of how investors see the slowly unfolding pension crisis
Licensing laws tend to lock workers in place, but Gov. Doug Ducey says it's time to stop that foolishness.
California's fiscal foundation is built on rock, says Gov. Gavin Newsom, but it's really more like sand.
Fortunately, fireworks regulations have been getting more liberal with each passing year.
"We have a legal and moral obligation to provide and deliver on the promises that have been made," says Gov. Matt Bevin, who called the session Monday.
Thanks to an anti-Trump wave that crashed across California in the midterm elections, Democrats will now have legislative supermajorities.
Now that a Democrat will be governor, Wisconsin GOP is suddenly uncomfortable with letting governors direct economic development schemes.
Interestingly enough, State Rep. Nick Sauer cosponsored an an ethics and sexual harassment bill during his short two years in office.
Widespread demand, scofflawry, and loosening laws are making firecrackers, fountains, and bottle rockets easier to get.
A blow against federalism, tax competition, and small businesses trying to expand.