ON-Lion Letter
In July, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) in Milwaukee announced its new Center for Competitive Federalism (CCF).  Among other things, CCF will engage in strategic litigation and public education to advance the "competitive" federalism established by the Constitution.  It will have a national scope.

CCF's first report, Wisconsin not Washington, examines how the relationship between the federal government in Washington has hamstrung Wisconsin policy innovation through the use of federal dollars and has contributed to a steady rate of growth in state-government spending and regulation.

"In a purple state like Wisconsin, reforms should stress not just limited government but good government," according to the report, by Mario Loyola and Jake Curtis.  "They should be not just pro-business but pro-competition, championing basic human rights -- such as the right to work, the freedom of association, and the freedom of contract.  They should defend working families from the special interests that have captured American government in the last century."

Loyola is a senior fellow at WILL and directs CCF.  Curtis an associate counsel and federalism litigator at WILL.

"There is a direct, causal relationship between the growth of federal spending and the growth in state spending," WILL president and general counsel Rick Esenberg said.  "The result is an overtaxed economy and stifled policy innovation.  The CCF's new report outlines how to combat and pushback to preserve states' rights."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WILL, including CCF.
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