It is vital that state legislatures control their spending habits. The surpluses that are bound to appear again when the economy picks up steam will be a temptation to those who like big government. Strong spending restraints are very popular with voters in the states in which they have been tried. Legislators would be well advised to keep that in mind next time they risk alienating taxpayers by creating an expensive new government program

More on State and Local Fiscal Policy

Commentary

The 2014 Tax Revolt

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). November 19, 2014.

Why Ending FEMA Will Improve Disaster Response

By Chris Edwards. Daily Caller. November 18, 2014.

More Bad News for Airbnb

By Matthew Feeney. TownHall.com. October 20, 2014.

Cato Studies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency: Floods, Failures, and Federalism

By Chris Edwards. Policy Analysis No. 764. November 18, 2014.

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2014

By Nicole Kaeding and Chris Edwards. White Paper. October 2, 2014.

Who Pays for Public Employee Health Costs?

By Jeffrey Clemens and David M. Cutler. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 6. July 23, 2014.

Articles

Taxation Without Representation: The Illegal IRS Rule to Expand Tax Credits under the PPACA

Jonathan H. Adler and Michael F. Cannon. Health Matrix. Vol. 23. No. 1. 2013.

Do Budget Shortfalls Mean States Must Raise Taxes?

Chris Edwards. CQ Researcher. Fall 2009.

Public Filings

Hickenlooper v. Kerr

By Ilya Shapiro, Julio Colomba, David B. Kopel & Manuel S. Klausner. Legal Briefs. November 20, 2014.

North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission

By Timothy Sandefur and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. August 7, 2014.

Drake v. Jerejian

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus and Julio Colomba. Legal Briefs. February 12, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Is State ‘Right to Try’ Legislation Misguided Policy?

Thomas A. Hemphill. Regulation. Fall 2014.

A Rent-Seekers Tax?

Ryan Murphy. Regulation. Summer 2014.

Why California Dissolved Its RDAs

Shirley Svorny. Regulation. Summer 2014.

Events

A SAFE Way Out of State and Local Pension Woes?

Featuring Jagadeesh Gokhale. October 1, 2013. Conference.

Which States Are Most Free?

Featuring John Samples. June 8, 2011. Policy Forum.

The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life

Featuring . August 3, 1998. Book Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Community Development

By Tad DeHaven. June 2009.

Economic Development Administration

By Tad DeHaven. February 2009.