The media is fixated on President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming Congress, and for good reason: They’re preparing to repeal many of the economically harmful laws and regulations enacted over the last eight years. But this ignores the critical role that states can play in unleashing growth, opportunity and prosperity.
Given Washington, D.C.’s ever-growing power, it’s easy to forget that state lawmakers play an important part in improving their constituents’ lives. You need only look at the difference between Illinois and Indiana, or between New York and North Carolina, to see how pro-freedom policies can transform a state’s fortunes for the better.
We’ve already gotten a taste of what’s possible. During President Obama’s eight years in office, more and more state leaders have taken it upon themselves to enact free-market reforms. Whether it’s tax cuts in Tennessee, right to work in Wisconsin or ending special-interest handouts in Florida, the past 24 months have seen some of the best state-level advances in decades.
But there’s much more to be done. As legislatures convene, there are several broad policy areas that lawmakers should prioritize for reform.
Continue reading the oped by CEO Luke Hilgemann and COO Sean Lansing in Governing Magazine.