We're ardent federalists who believe in the local laboratories of ideas, but we reject tired, do-nothing "states rights". States should begin tackling issues head-on before they become a federal problem. Call it "active federalism", if you will.

Aneesh Chopra

"In a 2006 Businessweek survey, 72 percent of senior executives named innovation as one of their top three priorities. And for good reason. Historically, companies that failed to innovate tended to fall apart - or, at the very least, stall."

Aneesh Chopra, Innovative State

Edward Glaeser

"The Republican penchant for localism, at least if it is intelligently managed and linked to a competently run centralized safety net, might appeal to a diverse America.

'A Republicanism for a more diverse America can’t be seen as solely anti-Washington rhetoric but as providing sensible tools and delivering diverse policies for a diverse nation."

Edward Glaeser, Obama’s Welfare State Needs Republican Guardians, Bloomberg View (November 13, 2012)

Louis Brandeis

"It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."

-Justice Louis D. Brandeis, New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 1932

Arthur Larson

"First, there must be a clear once-and-for-all acceptance of the principle that, other things being held equal, as much power and responsibility and opportunity for independent revenues as possible should be assigned to the states - and not the other way around. Second, new devices and mechanisms must be invented and tried, to bring federal and state and municipal resources to bear upon these looming issues."

Arthur Larson - A Republican Looks at His Party