7 Statements of Principle on Preemption

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Summary

The current debate over state preemption versus local control is not to be taken lightly. As local officials, we embrace the opportunity to work with our partners at all levels to secure more freedom from burdensome taxation and regulation for our constituents. Whether that comes from federal, state or local leadership is of little consequence. It is crucial that liberties are protected and equal justice under the law is secured. Believing “that which governs least, governs best,” we present 7 Statements of Principle on the debate over preemption v. local control.

7 Statements of Principle on Preemption

  • We believe as laboratories of democracy, state capitols are where political philosophy is debated and enacted into law. Local government is where those laws are applied.
  • We believe the top priorities of federal, state, and local officials are to protect individual liberties and uphold equal justice under the law for our constituents.
  • We believe preemption of local governments is a prudent response only in instances where localities overstep their Constitutional duties.
  • We support efforts on the state or local level to end regulatory/predatory taxation on our constituents as taxpayers.
  • We believe the term “local control” has become politicized and in part has become more about controlling constituents instead of protecting the freedoms of constituents.
  • We support efforts on the federal, state or local level to end burdensome regulations on our constituents.
  • We support efforts on the federal, state or local level to secure a true free market economy for local business owners.

Our local communities benefit from enhanced freedom, regardless whether such freedom emanates through federal, state or local government action. We call on our Federal and State legislators and colleagues in local government to protect the liberties of their constituents first and foremost.