Florida Essay Occupational Licensing Contest

  • February 11, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    The Institute for Justice, a non-profit, civil liberties law firm, is offering high school students in Florida a chance to win a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to help pass a law and increase economic opportunity in their state.

  • February 10, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    That’s right. Cookies.  In New Jersey, it is illegal to sell baked goods made in your home kitchen.  That’s because the state has yet to pass a “cottage food” law that permits small, home-based entrepreneurs to prepare and sell some foods that are unlikely to cause foodborne illness. This penalizes the many valid reasons for…

  • January 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    The problem begins when miniscule local governments have no tax base to pay the bloated costs of their administrations. Rather than balance the books by consolidating with neighboring cities and eliminating redundant services, these governments have turned to treating their citizens like ATMs. In many Missouri towns, their first idea was to take money from…

  • November 11, 2015    |   Private Property

    For decades, Californians faced a double injustice. The state’s redevelopment agencies routinely used eminent domain to seize perfectly fine homes and businesses and transfer them to private developers. Billions of tax dollars would then flow into these developers’ ill-conceived schemes—schemes that often failed to meet expectations. The redevelopment agencies were responsible for at least 200…

  • October 8, 2015    |   School Choice

    National School Choice Week is quite the event. Actually, it’s quite the 10,000-plus events. Parents and students across the country will hold and participate in over 10,00 locally organized events demonstrating their passion for educational opportunity. And you can join them! National School Choice Week 2016 will take place January 24-30. School choice programs make it…

  • September 17, 2015    |   Private Property

    Save North Side STL, an organization dedicated to saving 47 homes on the north side of St. Louis from eminent domain, is asking the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to remove their neighborhood from the list of locations it is considering for its relocation. The NGA is currently considering three other sites—none of which would…

  • September 16, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    When it comes to bad vending laws in the United States, Sarasota County, Fla., takes the cake (and all the other good eats, too). In the world of mobile vending, some local governments enact “proximity bans” that forbid food trucks and carts from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants. Lawmakers sometimes try to pass these off as…

  • September 16, 2015    |   Private Property

    Civil forfeiture is a legal tactic that allows police and prosecutors to seize cars, homes, and cash. Property owners don’t have to be convicted of a crime to lose their property—in fact, they don’t even have to be charged with one. And it gets worse. Who often gets to keep for their own use the…

  • September 16, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    Esther Ochoa came to the Unites States to escape political persecution in her native Venezuela. Lacking capital and a knowledge of English, she took to selling snacks and candy on the sidewalks of Miami, a common means of earning an honest living. She knew it would be difficult to make her way in her new…

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