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Economic Liberty

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Just like all Americans, D.C. residents deserve the chance to start a small business–to take risks as innovative entrepreneurs looking to better their own lives. But unfortunately for them, D.C. agencies have adopted onerous rules and regulations that make doing so difficult for innovators and would-be business owners in the District. That’s why, with the…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    The District’s new rules for childcare workers are going to keep hundreds of hard-working and qualified people from earning an honest living. In December 2016, the D.C. Office of the Superintendent of Education (OSSE) enacted several burdensome education requirements for childcare workers. According to these regulations, all District childcare center directors must earn a bachelor’s…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    African-style braiding is a completely natural hair-care process, a safe way for braiders, many of whom are immigrants, to earn a safe and honest living. But throughout Louisiana, braiders are forced to pay huge sums of money for hundreds of hours of unnecessary education, learning a craft at which they are already experts. Before they…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Home baking is a way for entrepreneurs to get started small in their own homes without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on professional equipment and commercial kitchen space. States across the country have embraced these businesses as job creators and revenue generators, but New Jersey is now the only state to completely…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    African-style, natural hair braiders, teaming up with IJ, scored a major victory in Kentucky in 2016 when the Commonwealth passed a law that exempts braiders from needing to get a government-issued license to braid hair. Previously, braiders were forced to take 1,800 hours of unnecessary cosmetology training and spend six months as an apprentice before…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    In New Jersey, African-style hair braiders—whose businesses are deeply rooted in cultural traditions that have been handed down through generations—used to be required to undergo 1,200 hours of cosmetology training, simply in order to earn an honest living. But thanks to the efforts of persistent braiders across the Garden State, who teamed up with IJ’s…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    In 2017, New Hampshire officially became the 23rd state (now up to 26 states) to allow African-style natural hair braiders to work without a permission slip from the government. At the beginning of 2017, New Hampshire was one of the worst states in the nation for braiders. In order to work legally in the Granite…

  • March 12, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Food truck owners in Sarasota County, Fl., scored a victory in 2016 after they teamed up with IJ to fight to reform some of the very worst food-truck laws in the country, bringing tasty opportunity to streets throughout the county. These laws previously included a proximity restriction that prohibited food trucks from operating within 800…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    African-style, natural hair braiders in Tennessee are facing major harassment and fines for practicing their craft without a specialty license. Braiders are being fined anywhere from $1,000 to $11,000 merely for operating without a government permission slip. Some have been told that they must shut their doors, leaving them with the tough choice of continuing…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    IJ celebrated a victory with hair braiders in Maryland in 2015.  Maryland does not currently regulate African hair braiding, earning it an A in our 2014 50-state report card, Untangling Regulations.  A state senator introduced legislation that would create a specialty license, requiring 200 hours of coursework or a 15-month apprenticeship—but most problematically, it would…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C., has one of the best food-truck scenes in the country. Indeed, the success of the local food truck industry—aided by D.C. bureaucrats’ uncharacteristic decision to avoid strangling it in red tape while it was in its infancy—gave hope to many that D.C. might actually be working to rehabilitate its (well-deserved) reputation as a…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Until September 2015, it was illegal for pushcart vendors to sell any food other than whole produce or packaged frozen desserts in Chicago. The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship teamed up with street vendors across the city to form the Street Vendors Justice Coalition, to fight for the vendors’ right to earn an honest living. After…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    African-style, natural hair braiding is a time-tested practice that is deeply rooted in African cultural heritage.  And it’s totally safe:  it is simply braiding hair.  Yet some states require braiders to obtain cosmetology licenses in order to braid legally, which can require thousands of hours of irrelevant training in using harmful dyes and chemicals—practices braiders…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Orleanians love food trucks. Yet, despite their enormous popularity, food truck entrepreneurs in the Crescent City faced some of the worst laws in the nation. They could not operate within 600 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants, had to move every 45 minutes, and were banned entirely from the Central Business District and French Quarter. These…

  • March 14, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Support braiding freedom!  Contact your state legislator and tell them to vote YES on S.B. 269. For 25 years, IJ has advocated for entrepreneurs’ right to earn an honest living.  We often do this by challenging government-issued licenses that have nothing to do with protecting the public’s health and safety, but everything to do with protecting…

  • 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 baked goods that are perfectly safe, such as cookies, muffins and breads. This penalizes the many valid…

  • 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…

  • February 2, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    The transportation industry has seen a staggering amount of change in recent years, thanks to hard-working and thoughtful entrepreneurs. But regulators and cartels are pumping the brakes. Whether it’s banning tech-savvy ridesharing firms like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, meddling with fares, or artificially constricting the supply of taxi permits so that independent drivers can’t possibly afford to break into…

  • January 29, 2014    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Can the government prohibit you from peacefully and productively using your own property to feed your family? The city of Miami Shores, Fla., says yes—as do many other cities across the nation. If your city prohibits vegetable gardens on your property, report it to us today. For 17 years, Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom…

  • January 28, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    UPDATE: On December 2, the city will hear recommendations about an ordinance that would legalize sidewalk vending.  The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign is holding a rally before the hearing.  Please join them and share this flyer! (En Español) In Los Angeles, the city that brought us the food-truck revolution, traditional sidewalk vending is illegal—turning…

  • January 28, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Love food trucks and street vendors? So do we. But unfortunately, some brick-and-mortar restaurants and establishments view the legislative process as a way to stifle street vendors in order to protect themselves from competition, by pushing for bans on food trucks and vendors within a certain distance from their businesses or prohibitions on food trucks’…

  • January 22, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    JUNE 2014 UPDATE: Food trucks are now allowed to vend in Bergen County parks. More than 12 trucks are rotating through the parks on a monthly basis, finally providing New Jersey with a taste from its talented food-truck chefs.    It’s tough to be a food-truck entrepreneur in New Jersey. Anti-competitive and burdensome laws make…

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