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About Us

The Cicero Institute is a nonpartisan group of policy innovators with deep experience in government, legislating, research, technology, and entrepreneurship. Together, we incubate, develop, and fight for policies that apply the principles of a free society and solve problems at the state level, impacting millions of Americans. 

Just like the policies we advocate, we value experimentation, iteration, and honest assessment.

The Cicero Vision & Mission

Since its founding, the United States has been a deeply entrepreneurial project. The Cicero Institute exists to preserve that spirit by promoting innovative public policies at the state level that channel the best elements of building and entrepreneurship.

We’re optimistic that by crafting and applying policies modeled on the most functional parts of American society, we can fix broken public systems that need urgent attention; and as a result, create prosperity, reinforce and build on the value of good governance, and preserve the promise of American liberty for future generations.

Policy Principles for a More Functional Future

Cicero policies are grounded in the principles of transparency, good incentives, and accountability — all hallmarks of a functional system. The details and results of a policy should be transparent to the public; public institutions should be incentivized toward solving problems instead of perpetuating them; and those institutions must be accountable to the public.

The United States is a big country with many different jurisdictions. These nonpartisan principles allow for adaptable policies that any government entity can apply to operate more like the most functional and innovative parts of American society, with real results. 

Cicero policies can enable more affordable healthcare products, help solve our nation’s homelessness epidemic, make government services more effective for those who use them, reform our broken parole & probation system, and do much more.

I have always been of the opinion that unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all but glory.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero