Louisiana legislators demand meatpacking monopoly

October 27, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

  Gluttony: characterized by a limitless appetite   It was the late 1860s, and the city of New Orleans had a gruesome problem: Animal intestines clogged the city’s water pipes. The drinking water was tainted: It contained bits of meat and offal from slaughterhouses a mile and a half upstream, where butchers gutted 300,000 livestock ...


The Hill : A Louisiana law keeps special needs kids from getting care — one woman wants to change it

September 06, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In a recent lawsuit, the Louisiana Department of Health admitted what every parent of a special needs child knows: There is always a need for more care for this population. … ...


Discourse : Irrational Basis

August 05, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. While the outcome of the case is, of course, important—state legislatures can now more strictly regulate abortion—the court’s reasoning will have effects far beyond that particular debate. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the majority ruled that abortion is not a fundamental righ ...


SCOTUSblog : With Justice Breyer’s retirement, the court loses a pragmatist (and some laughs)

July 15, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Perhaps one of the worst accusations that can be thrown at a judge is that they’re inconsistent, since it implies that the judge is ruling according to his or her whim rather than the rule of law. For Justice Stephen Breyer, consistency was key: For better or worse, democracy was his guiding principle. This multifactor … ...


The Hill : California’s obsession with racial balancing

April 25, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 209, which banned the use of race, sex or ethnicity in public employment, education and contracting. Things have changed drastically since then. In 2020, a California ballot measure sought to repeal Prop 209 and revive discrimination in government decision-making. And in 2022, the state legislature prop ...


The Hill : Biden’s economic reform ought to consider certificate of need, too

August 23, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

President Biden recently called on the federal government to increase competition in the U.S. economy as a way of boosting wages, increasing employment, and allowing people to move between jobs. One of his biggest targets was occupational licensing, which has become a hot topic thanks to egregious examples such as states requiring thousands of hour ...


The Hill : After losing a congressional seat, California needs a course correction

May 17, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California’s leading exports are computers and electronic products. But these days, it feels like the top exports are jobs, residents and misguided public policy. Companies such as Tesla, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle — once staples of Silicon Valley — are moving to more emp ...


The Hill : Utah should open its doors to economic opportunity

May 11, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

On the heels of a pandemic, states should be inviting innovation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery. But a recent story in Utah exemplifies a disturbing trend in America: banning all business models not explicitly permitted and depriving people of their shot at the American Dream. Late last year, Utahan entrepreneur Zachary Stucki reached out ...


Who is pushing to reinstate regulations eased under Covid?

April 20, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

As we inch toward pre-COVID normalcy, it’s important to recognize how much Americans have benefited from temporarily cutting red tape. It’s equally important to recognize who’s lobbying to return to red tape normalcy. A recent Wall Street Journal article questions whether the easing of regulations that occurred during the pandemic ...