Today, the federal government has vastly overstepped the Founders’ vision for limited government, as lawmakers expand the size of government but are reluctant to raise taxes to pay it and are even more reluctant to rein in spending. Government spending doesn’t stimulate the economy; it’s a drag on the economy. It distorts markets, picks winners and losers, and creates perverse incentives for individuals, investors, businesses and industries to pursue more government handouts instead of creating more value for themselves or their customers.

Cronyism/Corporate Welfare
The U.S. has strayed from the ideal free market system where the government’s role in the economy is limited to protecting individual rights, enforcing contracts, and punishing and deterring fraud. Federal, state and local governments are larger and interfere more in the free market economy. In the ideal free market system, businesses and individuals are rewarded for the value their goods and services create without a government dictating any of the terms. When the government picks winners and losers and awards favors to politically connected businesses or industries, it undermines competition and gives politicians and businesspeople an incentive to engage in corruption and kickbacks.

Policies like corporate welfare have created a system in which success for some comes at the expense of others. In a recent six-year period, for example, the federal government doled out $4.4 trillion to just the top 200 U.S. companies, costing roughly $35,000 per household.

We’re working to restore an economic system that advances equal rights by eliminating all special government favors—whether they be subsidies, tax credits, or anticompetitive regulations.

Taxpayers deserve to know the true weight of the federal regulatory burden that they face every day. A major hurdle to understanding and reducing this enormous burden is the lack of clarity around just how large the problem really is. Existing measures – like the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations – do not clearly define the real impact of our out-of-control regulatory accumulation.

Our regulatory system has also become so burdensome and complex that small businesses report spending more than $80,000 on compliance in their first year of operation—providing a steep advantage to large businesses that can more easily absorb such added costs

State and federal barriers that devalue work, create cycles of dependency, and prevent people from finding fulfillment in the profession of their choice should be eliminated. People should be empowered to earn success through meaningful work, have power over their paychecks, and who they associate with.

In the current climate, burdensome occupational licensing prevents many would be entrepreneurs and hard-working people from achieving their dreams, hitting the Hispanic community especially hard and driving up the cost of living for everyone. Policies like occupational licenses often stack the deck against the unemployed by requiring them to sometimes pay thousands of dollars and endure thousands of hours of training to simply enter their chosen profession.


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A missed opportunity to make it easier to earn a living in Virginia

By failing to pass a measure that would have clarified the rules for independent contracting, the Virginia legislature missed a golden opportunity in the session that just ended to make it easier to earn a living in the commonwealth. In an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, The LIBRE Institute-Virginia Coalitions Director Michael Monrroy writes about … Read More
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LIBRE-TX’s Jorge Martinez Discussing Hispanic Engagement in Texas

(Mission, Texas) –  Recently, Jorge Martinez, Coalitions Director for The LIBRE Initiative – Texas, an organization committed to empowering the Latino community, joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) to discuss Hispanic engagement in Texas. In the interview, Jorge Martinez talked about the LIBRE Initiative, and the work they are doing to remove barriers that … Read More
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Iniciativa LIBRE: Tarifa a la gasolina en Colorado perjudica a los más pobres

(Denver, CO) –  Angel Merlos, director de coaliciones en Colorado de la Iniciativa LIBRE, ha escrito una columna de opinion argumentando porque una tarifa a la gasoline en Colorado perjudicaria a los mas pobres. Excerptos de la columna de opinion: Haga Click Aqui Para Leer la columna de opinion. “La situación es aún peor para … Read More
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LIBRE – TX Statement Following Gov. Abbott Press Conference

(Mission, TX) – The LIBRE Initiative – Texas an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community, released the following statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference outlining key priorities for his administration and how he plans to work with Texas lawmakers in Austin during the 2021 Legislative Session. Jorge Martinez, director of coalitions for The LIBRE Initiative – TX, issued the following statement: … Read More
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LIBRE-VA Calls on State Legislators to Protect and Promote Independent Contracting This Session

(RICHMOND, VA) – As Virginia gears up for the state legislature to convene on January 13th, the LIBRE Initiative-Virginia calls on lawmakers to protect individuals’ ability to pursue work as independent contractors and to remove barriers to independent contracting. Michael Monrroy, The LIBRE Initiative’s Coalitions Director in Virginia, said: “The ability for individuals to achieve … Read More