Lawmakers at all levels of government have shown increasing contempt for personal responsibility and an increasing tendency to employ the power of the state to influence behavior. Government today pressures us to avoid risks, even risks that many of us knowingly and willingly take. What we eat, drink, or otherwise put into our bodies; what we do with our bodies; the people we choose to sleep with and how we choose to sleep with them; and what health, financial, or safety risks we elect to take simply are not legitimate concerns of the state. Individual Americans will make better decisions about risk and lifestyle when they and they alone bear the consequences of those decisions.

More on State and Local Regulations

Commentary

The ‘Plan Bay Area’: Restricting Housing Development Isn’t Reform

By Jonathan Wood and Randal O’Toole. Forbes. June 3, 2015.

Cuomo’s Dangerous Wage-Board Play Will Hurt the Workers He Says He Wants to Help

By James A. Dorn. New York Daily News. May 22, 2015.

Why Cuomo’s Nail-Salon Crackdown Will Hurt Immigrants

By Alex Nowrasteh. New York Post. May 13, 2015.

Cato Studies

Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons: Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth

By Brink Lindsey. White Paper. June 22, 2015.

Is Ridesharing Safe?

By Matthew Feeney. Policy Analysis No. 767. January 27, 2015.

State-Based Visas: A Federalist Approach to Reforming U.S. Immigration Policy

By Brandon Fuller and Sean Rust. Policy Analysis No. 748. April 23, 2014.

Public Filings

Commonwealth v. Lucas

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Gabriel Latner, & David Duncan. Legal Briefs. April 24, 2015.

Vong v. Aune

By Ilya Shapiro, Eliott Engstrom, and Julio Colomba. Legal Briefs. March 3, 2015.

New York v. Actavis plc

By Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. January 15, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Menu Labeling Morass

Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins. Policy Report. Summer 2015.

Tight Budgets Constrain Some Regulatory Agencies, but Not All

Susan E. Dudley and Melinda Warren. Regulation. Fall 2014.

Is State ‘Right to Try’ Legislation Misguided Policy?

Thomas A. Hemphill. Regulation. Fall 2014.

Events

How Should Ridesharing Be Regulated?

Featuring Matthew Feeney and Brink Lindsey. February 10, 2015. Policy Forum.

Back to Enron: Were the Wrong Lessons Learned for Corporate Governance and Energy Policy?

Featuring William A. Niskanen. October 30, 2008. Book Forum.

How Nations Prosper: Economic Freedom and Doing Business in 2007

Featuring James D. Gwartney and James D. Gwartney. September 21, 2006. Book Forum.