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Why do they celebrate when they take our property rights away?

July 05, 2012 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Last Friday I attended a meeting of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.  The Board unanimously approved a plan that has received both national and local coverage.  The plan will dramatically reshape property rights in California’s Central Valley. In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 5.  The bill expanded the Central V ...

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Fuel efficiency dreams backfire; Big Brother seen as the solution

August 20, 2012 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Government officials have already attempted to install tracking devices on cars belonging to suspected criminals. Although the Supreme Court ruled that the process required a search warrant, a variant of these Orwellian devices may soon make their way to all vehicles. Costs from the federal government’s 54.5 mile per gallon fuel efficiency ma ...

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Prairie skyline towers over Washington D.C.

September 26, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

A North Dakota businessman recently announced plans to develop a 352-foot tower in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo is a small city with a population of 105,000. The metropolitan population of Fargo is only 3% that of Washington, D.C. However, even without this latest development, Fargo has more 200 ft. commercial buildings than our nation’s capita ...

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Modern day Robin Hoods rob taxpayers to pay for electric cars

October 15, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Despite their high cost, safety dangers, environmental harms, and tendency to explode, electric cars are winning the hearts (and pens) of government officials throughout California. For example, Palo Alto, the home of luxury electric car maker Tesla, recently enacted legislation that requires all new homes to be wired for $2,000 electric vehicle ch ...

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The seen and the unseen in taxpayer-funded stadiums

October 24, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

City of Industry, a city of only 219 residents in Los Angeles County, recently announced plans to spend $172 million to develop infrastructure for a stadium to host a team that doesn’t exist. The city will spend the funds even if a stadium is never built.Sadly, such taxpayer funded sports stadiums have become all-too-common in … ...

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Want a $650 two bedroom apartment in Manhattan?

November 07, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Sorry, you should have moved in 20 years ago. Several recent stories demonstrate the absurdity of policies that allow tenants to control their landlords. Recently, an apartment owner in New York paid a woman’s $23,000 debt and offered to let her stay in her apartment for the rest of her life, at a rent $3,000 … ...

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Even on Veteran’s Day, complex licensing regimes hurt veterans

November 11, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

As the country recognizes its veterans, many veterans continue to battle high rates of unemployment.  Despite the fact that veterans do very well once they are in the workplace, many obstacles prevent them from working.  One of the most glaring obstacles is the continued presence of licensing regimes, which prevent skilled veterans from using the ...

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The fight for school choice in New Hampshire goes to the Supreme Court

November 12, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Today, we submitted this brief to the New Hampshire Supreme Court in support of the state’s recently enacted school choice law. Last year, the New Hampshire legislature overwhelmingly adopted a tax credit program – even overriding the governor’s veto to bring educational choice to New Hampshire students. This New Hampshire tax credit ...

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Coastal Commission November wrap-up

November 20, 2013 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Last week I attended the California Coastal Commission meeting at the Taj Mahal in Newport Beach. On Wednesday, the meeting attracted a crowd full of union and environmental activists, to discuss Poseidon Water’s application to build a $900 million desalination plant. The proposed facility would produce 50 million gallons of drinking water a ...