Pennsylvanians benefit from more economic liberty

It has been said that “no man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” In Pennsylvania that couldn’t be more true. Two bills are currently pending in the Pennsylvania Legislature that would erect barriers to … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 4, 2016

Hawkes: 16 – 0 We received sixteen briefs in support of our client, the Hawkes Company, and none in support of the government in Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes. From 29 states to farmers and think tanks, there is widespread … Continue reading

Policymakers considering occupational licensing changes?

This week, two different committees of legislative policymakers met to discuss the impact of occupational licensing on entrepreneurs and the economy. On Tuesday, the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights took up the issue, … Continue reading

Nevada needs economic liberty

A successful limousine company with a proven safety record shouldn’t have to get permission before expanding its fleet. But in Nevada, the Transportation Authority requires businesses to first seek permission from their competitors before expanding. This type of occupational licensing law, … Continue reading

Debates over occupational licensing must remember the Constitution

A debate recently appeared in the editorial pages of the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Articles were written in favor of and opposed to occupational licensing in the state. Because neither piece discussed the constitutional ramifications of occupational licensing, … Continue reading

Economic liberty: the best way to help the poor

An unfolding tragedy in Washington state demonstrates how freedom serves the poor better than government ever will. Washington faces a dental crisis for the poor. Dentists routinely decline to serve patients who are on Medicaid because Medicaid fronts only a … 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