Principles of Evaluation
When considering Free Markets and Private Property Rights we will consider questions such as:
- Does this restrict or enhance the ability of individuals to enter into contracts or freely associate with one another?
- Does the bill protect an individual’s property from theft, loss, or confiscation?
- Does this restrict Missouri citizens’ right to use their property or reduce its value?
- Does this replace voluntary market transactions with government coercion?
- Does this increase or decrease regulation of or interfere with market transactions?
- Does the bill grant or eliminate special privileges through monopoly or coercion?
- Does the bill allow government to compete with private business or allow private business to compete with government?
- Does the bill protect or harm an individual’s ability to make a living?
- Does this provide, increase, or decrease subsidies for private companies or individuals?
- In what ways does this enable or impair transactions in a friendly environment?
When considering Individual Liberty and Personal Responsibility we will consider questions such as:
- Is the proposed legislation the least restrictive way to address the problem while protecting individual liberty?
- Does this result in any socialized costs/benefits? Any harmful unintended consequences? If so, what are they?
- Could existing law already deal with the problem?
- Is government decision making, control, and enforcement placed at the lowest level that reasonably balances local input with preservation of liberty?
- Do those who voluntarily use the service pay for it?
- Does the bill promote or harm self-responsibility and self-sufficiency?
- Does the bill create a protected class or provide the equal protection to all?
- Does the bill protect parental rights relating to responsibility for their children?
- If a behavior is banned or discouraged, is there clear and convincing evidence that there is an essential state purpose.
When considering Limited Government we will consider such questions as:
- Does this address a legitimate role of government within the framework of Missouri or U.S. Constitution?
- Does this create or eliminate an entitlement (in theory or practice)?
- How does this impact governmental transparency?
- Are public funds truly needed to address this issue, or can the private sector address the need, perhaps if restrictions on property rights or free enterprise were lifted?
- Does this increase or decrease revenue to or spending by the government?
- Will the proposal increase or decrease public debt?
- Is the taxing structure visible, broad-based, and low?
- Does this create dedicated revenue accounts in government that restrict the use of funds?
- Does the bill promote or undermine constitutional rights guaranteed by the U.S. or the Missouri Constitutions?
- What decision is being made, who gets to make the decision and who bears the consequences of the decision?