The federal government's stance in enforcing antitrust laws during the eighties was relatively benign. Many people, including state officials, criticized the Feds for this attitude. But, they overlook the power of state governments to deal with and prosecute anti-trust misconduct. The record, to date, suggests that with limited exceptions, state governments are not likely to be a major force in antitrust enforcement. Lack of state and federal fund ing, political realities, and the fear of business and investment flight all work against greater state involvement.