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


Pat Quinn’s Cheap Gimmick

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). September 3, 2014.

Time for Congress to Get out of Transportation

By Randal O’Toole. Los Angeles Register. July 1, 2014.

Obamacare: State Dems’ Worst Nightmare

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). June 18, 2014.

Cato Studies

Who Pays for Public Employee Health Costs?

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

The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 750. June 3, 2014.

Review of Project Connect

By Randal O’Toole. Working Paper No. 20. May 30, 2014.


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

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.

Kagan v. New Orleans

By Ilya Shapiro, Eugene Volokh, Kerrie Campbell & Michael Bhargava. Legal Briefs. December 4, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

A Rent-Seekers Tax?

Ryan Murphy. Regulation. Summer 2014.

Why California Dissolved Its RDAs

Shirley Svorny. Regulation. Summer 2014.

Tesla and the Car Dealers’ Lobby

Daniel A. Crane. Regulation. Summer 2014.


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.