The Cato State Legislative Guide is designed to help state policymakers address important issues and free their constituents from the burden of overextended government. Broken down into five core policy areas — education, transportation, tax and budget, health care, criminal justice — each section provides:
- Specific policy ideas from Cato Institute experts on how legislators can put their states back on a fiscally sustainable path that maximizes freedom.
- A "best of" list of Cato publications in each subject area, offering in-depth analysis and data in support of our recommendations.
- Contact information for the Cato scholars in each area of research.
Our hope is that the ideas in this guide will help state policymakers tackle the key issues facing their states in a manner that expands individual liberty, promotes free markets, and reduces the size of government.
Contents (All files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)
- "The Public Education Tax Credit," by Adam B. Schaeffer (includes "The Public Education Tax Credit Act" model legislation)
- "They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public Schools," by Adam B. Schaeffer (includes "Financial Transparency in Education Act" model legislation)
- "Do Vouchers and Tax Credits Increase Private School Regulation?" by Andrew J. Coulson
- "Florida's Unheralded School Revolution," by Adam B. Schaeffer
- "Behind the Curtain: Assessing the Case for National Curriculum Standards," by Neal McCluskey
- "Fixing Transit: The Case for Privatization," by Randal O'Toole, Policy Analysis 670
- "High-Speed Rail Is Not 'Interstate 2.0'," by Randal O'Toole, Briefing Paper no. 113
- "Getting What You Paid For — Paying For What You Get: Proposals for the Next Transportation Reauthorization," by Randal O'Toole
- "Roadmap to Gridlock: The Failure of Long-Range Metropolitan Transportation Planning," by Randal O'Toole
- "Federal Aid-to-State Programs Top 1,100," by Chris Edwards, Tax & Budget Bulletin no. 63
- "Employee Compensation in State and Local Governments," by Chris Edwards, Tax & Budget Bulletin no. 59
- "Public-Sector Unions," by Chris Edwards, Tax & Budget Bulletin no. 61
D. HEALTH CARE
- "Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law," by Michael D. Tanner
- "The New Health Care Law's Effect on State Medicaid Spending: A Study of the Five Most Populous States," by Jagadeesh Gokhale
- "The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition," by Jeffrey A. Miron and Katherine Waldock
- "Reforming Indigent Defense: How Free Market Principles Can Help to Fix a Broken System," by Stephen J. Schulhofer and David Friedman
- "Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies," by Glenn Greenwald
- "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America," by Radley Balko
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