Key Points
  • Budgets: Budget transparency is key to budgetary accountability in local government. Taxpayers should know where their money goes.
  • Tax Reform: Competitive tax and fiscal policies are vital to a community’s future. With the right set of policies in place, lower-tax communities can attract much-needed human and financial capital from higher-tax communities that penalize wealth creation.
  • Regulatory Reform: Virtually every facet of our lives is somehow touched by government regulations. The food, cars drive, work, and even mattresses are regulated by some level of government, often at great cost to the consumer. While safety is paramount, regulations should be transparent, fair, and impose minimal financial burdens on businesses and families.
  • Education: An excellent education has long been recognized as key to the American Dream, however the current system isn’t working. States and local governments are leading the charge on student and community centered education, rather than the propping up the unsustainable systems failing parents and students.
  • Criminal Justice: Local governments play a vital role in implementing criminal justice reform starting with courts & sheriffs. With state and local officials working together, it is possible to reduce recidivism rates and promote community-based alternatives to lengthy jail stays for non-violent offenders.
  • Transportation: Maintaining a functional and healthy infrastructure is one of the cornerstones to economic growth. Local transportation policy should encourage the use of public-private partnerships to build and maintain infrastructure, give localities the flexibility to determine how to best utilize transportation dollars and remove unnecessary burdens to innovation.

While all eyes look to Washington and the state capitals for answers, often times the government closest to home can come up with the best solutions. Local government is a key thread in the fabric of American government, fostering an approach to problem solving that puts communities first. In states with thousands of cities and municipalities, it is impossible for even the state elected officials to have intimate knowledge of each and every one of the vibrant communities that they serve. As such, local decision makers are in a prime position to lead the charge on a variety of issues across the states ranging from budgets, tax reform and regulation reform to education, criminal justice and transportation.


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