Alarmed by unilateral COVID-19 restrictions, states are imposing new limits on executive authority.
But at least state lawmakers also passed some useful criminal justice bills and policing reforms.
Department of Education Will Launch Investigations Targeting States That Banned Schools From Mandating Masks
Not everything potentially beneficial should be mandatory and not everything potentially harmful should be banned. And not every dispute about costs and benefits should be decided by the federal government.
The same institution that's unable to run the Postal Service or Amtrak orchestrated our invasion and withdrawal of Afghanistan.
As it turns out, state and local tax revenues hardly collapsed.
California, New York Have the Most To Gain From Ending Bonus Unemployment Benefits. They Probably Won't.
States that already had lower unemployment rates in May are more likely to have announced plans for ending the bonus unemployment payments.
Realtors, contractors, and insurance agents who engage in bad behavior can be stripped of their licenses. Police officers, on the other hand, rarely get fired.
State legislators across the country are working to weaken the enforcement of federal gun laws by emulating immigration activists.
Six different states are already suing over a broad prohibition on tax cuts that was slipped into March's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.
California has a $75 billion budget surplus, but federal taxpayers are about to send the state $27 billion in additional aid.
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Poll found that 78 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans, and 67 percent of independents favor legalization, as do majorities of every age demographic.
Even during a pandemic, major changes to laws and policies should be funneled through state assemblies.
Don't take the money.
After losing at the Supreme Court in 2019, state lawmakers are now targeting fulfillment houses in an attempt to stop consumers from buying what they want.
The measure could also make it illegal for states to create new tax credit programs, such as those used for expanding school choice.
The state Senate approved some cynical changes to Georgia's absentee ballot laws under the guise of securing future elections from fraud that no one seems to be able to find.
State Revenue Is 'Virtually Flat.' Local Government Revenue Is Up Slightly. Congress Wants To Give Them $350 Billion Anyway.
The Democrats' COVID bill showers billions of unneeded dollars on state and local governments.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom hasn't committed any crimes, but he deserves to face a potential recall for his disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But it would continue the politicization of the means of voting and make it harder to vote.
Maryland's Legislature Just Imposed a New Tax on Digital Advertising by Overriding Gov. Larry Hogan's Veto
The first-in-the-nation tax is an expensive and regressive policy that's also possibly unconstitutional.
The New York governor should look to his own state.
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?
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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.
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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.
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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.