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Cicero Action's Impact

Cicero Action partners with courageous government leaders on policy solutions that use transparency, accountability, and competition to enable innovation and uplift millions of our fellow citizens. By applying the principles that allow a free society to thrive, we can overcome special interests and entrenched bureaucracies to expand opportunity and enhance liberty for all Americans.

Current Reforms

Financial Accountability

Governments are not subject to the same transparency or accounting requirements as the private sector, driving waste, cronyism, and spending. Policymakers should publicize comprehensive financial data and place safeguards on budgets to ensure that the government is acting as a good steward of taxpayer money.

Government Services

Interacting with the government should not be an inefficient, time consuming headache. By realigning government agencies’ incentives to align with the private sector’s, policymakers can prioritize consumer focus and greater efficiency from agencies like the DMV.

Healthcare

While the healthcare industry touches all Americans, few understand how it works. The lack of transparency and competition is unacceptable and makes healthcare increasingly unaffordable. Patients deserve greater access to healthcare options and pricing and treatment information to get the care they and their families need.

Higher Education

Public higher education has lost its focus on preparing students for careers. Funding destructive ideologies and administrative bloat has led to low graduation rates, rising student loan debt, and a shortage of in-demand skills. Aligning colleges’ incentives with students’ success will make higher education a better investment for taxpayers and students.

Homelessness

As failed urban policies demonstrate, allowing street camping attracts more homeless individuals and takes away tools to encourage needed services. States can reduce street homelessness by providing innovative shelter options, empowering successful nonprofits, and emphasizing drug and mental health treatment.

Public Safety

America’s justice system should keep communities safe, yet repeat offenders are driving rising crime. And law-abiding citizens deserve better results given the ever-growing investment from taxpayers. Policies that reward what works will drive improved outcomes for those on parole and probation and make communities safer.

Regulation

Outdated regulations hinder innovation and stand in the way of new business models. Legislators, government agencies, and the private sector need to collaborate to design more effective regulations that create a level playing field for entrepreneurs.

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Case Studies

Florida Higher Education Reform

Florida HB 1507 makes a percentage of state funding in two-year post-secondary schools contingent on graduate earnings. Cicero Action worked with House Leadership to include this provision in the state’s…

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Arizona Probation Reform

Arizona HB 2707 rewards probation departments with savings for reducing the costs of incarceration. Cicero Action revived and improved an earlier program that showed strong initial success in lowering crime…

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Texas Street Camping Ban

Texas HB 1925 helps the homeless and improves cities. Cicero Action convinced House and Senate leadership that this was a necessary first step for Texas localities to avoid the policy failures…

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About Cicero Action

Cicero Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that identifies innovative and effective policy reforms to share with state lawmakers, executive branch officials, and other nonprofit groups.

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