Standing up for constitutional limits on taxation

Several states have constitutional limits on tax-increases, and particularly super-majority requirements that force legislatures to get a 2/3 vote to raise taxes. California’s Proposition 13 is the most famous, but Arizona, Nevada, and other states have similar requirements. Sadly, state … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 4, 2014

The theme of this week’s legal report is liberty and is dedicated to the writings of Thomas Jefferson Supreme Court filings:  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat … Continue reading

Timothy Sandefur’s Sac Bee op-ed on Hobby Lobby case

Today’s Sac Bee carries PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur’s op-ed about the Hobby Lobby case.  Excerpt: [Hobby Lobby] is hardly an extreme decision. It did not block the availability of contraception, or force workers to get their bosses’ approval. It simply … Continue reading

Obama’s defeat on recess appointments: half a loaf is better than starving

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning is a strange “split the baby” decision, bound to disappoint almost any serious scholar, even though it reached the right result on the claims at issue. A unanimous … Continue reading

Orlando Sentinel publishes PLF Atlantic Center op-ed on Origination Clause challenges to Obamacare

The Orlando Sentinel published Pacific Legal Foundation‘s  op-ed today (subscription required, but free sign-up is available for limited views) on Sissel v. HHS and Hotze v. Sebelius, two of the pending challenges to the federal Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.  Both challenges … Continue reading