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    EPA Increasingly Neglects States’ Concerns with Regulations

    A new report from the Republican Environmental and Public Works staff details how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is damaging the relationship and effectiveness of state and federal government cooperation when administering and implementing regulations. Similar to what The Heritage Foundation espouses in its American Conservation Ethic report, the report … More

    Competitive Federalism Forces States to Improve

    Where you live matters—in more than one way. As Time magazine reports, some states are known for being laid back, while others are more intense. The beauty of competitive federalism is that it creates a system where this range of emotions is possible. Economically, too, the states are in direct … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Tethers to the Feds

    The Obama Administration is pushing new No Child Left Behind (NCLB) “flexibility” waiver extensions on states. While the Administration couches the waivers as “relief” from the unworkable mandates of NCLB, in reality the strings-attached policy would grow federal intervention into education in an unprecedented way. In 2011, the U.S. Department … More

    Goodlatte: 7 Things to Consider Before Taxing Internet Shopping

    Efforts in Congress to give state tax collectors power to tax out-of-state (mostly Internet) sales hit a roadblock Wednesday, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) released seven principles to guide the debate. These principles reflect the major concerns with such an expansion of taxing power, rightfully setting a … More

    Some State Clerks Breaking Law, Issuing Phony Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    In spite of clear Pennsylvania law to the contrary, a Pennsylvania clerk recently started issuing invalid same-sex marriage licenses, abdicating his duty to uphold the law. Yesterday, a state court ordered him to stop. In New Mexico, a similar situation has also occurred. Activists in various states are encouraging rank-and-file … More

    The Last Stand: The Fight of State Attorneys General to Preserve Federalism

    On Thursday, September 12, the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation along with the State Government Leadership Foundation is hosting four state attorneys general—Scott Pruitt (Oklahoma), Derek Schmidt (Kansas), Luther Strange (Alabama), and Alan Wilson (South Carolina)—in the first of a seven-event Preserve the … More

    The Obama Administration, Marriage, and the States

    Just as families are getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states’ authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the … More

    The Right Kind of Federalism

    Regular elections are a critical feature of American democracy. If you don’t like the way your town, state, or federal government is headed, you know you’ll have a chance to change leadership at the ballot box. Of course, if your state is slowing you up with high tax rates and … More

    Most Americans Oppose an Internet Sales Tax

    Imagine being forced to collect sales tax for a state government where your business has no presence or facing audits from a state that is thousands of miles from your home base. The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) poses these potential threats to online businesses and other remote sellers. The act … More

    Supreme Court’s Mixed Decision on Marriage (VIDEO)

    The Supreme Court announced disturbing decisions today on two important cases dealing with marriage law. The Court refused, however, to create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Proposition 8 In its ruling on California’s Proposition 8, the Court declared that the citizen group that sponsored Prop 8 did not have … More