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


Restoring Justice to all in Tennessee

By Tim Lynch. Memphis Commercial Appeal. June 1, 2017.

Howard County’s Anti-Sugar Campaign Is No Example for the Rest of the Country

By Walter Olson. Washington Examiner. May 22, 2017.

Repeal Minimum Markup Law

By Ike Brannon and Will Flanders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 22, 2017.

Cato Studies

The Effect of Indoor Prostitution on Sex Crimes: Evidence from New York City

By Ricardo Ciacci and Maria Micaela Sviatschi. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 70. February 22, 2017.

The New Feudalism: Why States Must Repeal Growth-Management Laws

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 802. October 18, 2016.

Dose of Reality: The Effect of State Marijuana Legalizations

By Angela Dills, Sietse Goffard, and Jeffrey Miron. Policy Analysis No. 799. September 16, 2016.


A Policy in Search of a Problem: A Study on the Impact of Minimum Markup Laws on Small Businesses and Gas Stations

Will Flanders and Ike Brannon. Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. May 2017.

Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: Who Are We Really Protecting?

Ike Brannon and Logan Albright. WPRI Special Report. April 2017.

How the Met Council Misplans the Twin Cities

Randal O'Toole. Thinking MN. No. 7. Spring 2017.

Public Filings

In Support of Occupational Licensing Reform and SB-247

By Ilya Shapiro and David McDonald. Public Comments. April 14, 2017.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Harris

By Allyson N. Ho, John C. Sullivan, C. Dean McGrath Jr., & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. January 27, 2017.

Packingham v. North Carolina

By Mark C. Fleming, Jason D. Hirsch, Esha Bandhari, Ilya Shapiro, & Devin Watkins. Legal Briefs. December 22, 2016.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regulatory Budgets

Richard A. Williams. Regulation. Spring 2017.

A More Optimistic View

David R. Henderson. Regulation. Spring 2017.

Regulation at 40

Peter Van Doren and Thomas A. Firey. Regulation. Spring 2017.


Freedom in the 50 States

Featuring . August 15, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation

Featuring Mark A. Calabria. October 15, 2015. Book Forum.

How Should Ridesharing Be Regulated?

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