Candidate Question: What is the appropriate balance between state and federal regulations on business and the economy?

Here’s the question: What is the appropriate balance of federal and state regulatory requirements on business and the economy?

Thank you Jon Sanders for a great answer:

Burdensome regulations have a proven effect of hindering economic growth, and that’s not just bad for businesses, it’s bad for job-seekers and also for state and local revenues. Regulations need to be light and nimble. Policymakers should have a “First, do no harm” approach to regulations. Where regulation is needed to meet a proven state need to protect people’s health and safety, it should be narrowly tailored to address that need alone. By default, state regulations should not exceed federal regulations — but if state policymakers see a clear need for stricter regulation than provided by the federal government, that choice should be made by legislators in public debate instead of by unelected bureaucrats.

Becki Gray / Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other dec...