Wisconsin creates barrier to regulate!

Three weeks ago I mentioned a bill that was pending in the Wisconsin legislature, AB 116. That bill would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or licensing requirements. What I failed … Continue reading

Music therapist cartelization in progress

Music therapists have been busy. Prior to 2011, no state required music therapists to obtain an occupational license. Yet, as a result of efforts of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), in the … Continue reading

UPDATED: Andy Caldwell discusses PLF’s Obamacare petition at the Supreme Court

Tune in today at 4:30 pm PST to hear Andy Caldwell and I discuss PLF’s Obamacare case, which the Supreme Court will consider taking up this term.  We’ll also be discussing some of PLF’s occupational licensing cases and our Economic … Continue reading

Uber free to operate in Nevada, but what about everybody else?

A recent article details the unsuccessful attempt to shut Uber out of Nevada. The piece contains interesting tid-bits about the bullying and scandal that plagued Uber’s fight, but it doesn’t tell the full story.  Though it focuses on the particular … Continue reading

Wisconsin creating a barrier to…regulate?

Though we often associate government with excessive regulation, in a surprising twist, the Wisconsin legislature is considering a much needed measure to deregulate. AB 116 would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or … Continue reading

A dogfight against government abuse of property rights on Courting Liberty

A family-owned puppy business turned to PLF after the City of East Providence, Rhode Island, passed a law banning pet stores – and didn’t pay them a penny in compensation. PLF is representing the Perfect Puppy pet store in their … Continue reading

When legislatures violate your rights, who’s going to stop them?

Today, PLF urged the Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal to take up its duty to protect individual rights, and to enforce the state constitution’s protections for economic liberty. Occupational licensing has run amok.  As a White House Report recently … Continue reading

Licensing of landscapers set to change in Oregon

Oregon is one of the few states that requires landscape contractors to be licensed. One of Oregon’s requirements is that aspiring landscapers must pass a written exam. The Pacific Legal Foundation is generally opposed to anti-competitive occupational licensing laws, which … Continue reading

“Inclusionary housing” vs. the Constitution on Courting Liberty

PLF and the California Building Industry Association have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review San Jose’s “inclusionary housing” law. It punishes providers of new homes – and violates the Constitution’s ban on takings – by forcing homebuilders to set aside … Continue reading

WSJ applauds White House report on occupational licensing, sorta

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page applauds the White House’s recent report on the problems with occupational licensing, though it does so grudgingly: “Liberals are slowly discovering that the regulatory state they helped create undermines job creation and income growth, … Continue reading