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Orange County Register : More homes (not more government) needed to make housing affordable

August 18, 2022 | By LARRY SALZMAN

Achieving the “California Dream for all” will take something much bigger than a new government program, yet much simpler: freedom to build. … ...

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The Dispatch : Want affordable housing? Build more homes.

September 20, 2021 | By LARRY SALZMAN

There is agreement today across the ideological spectrum that the cost of housing is too high. The share of all Americans paying more than 30, 40, or even 50 percent of their monthly income on housing has been growing for a very long time, and the cost of housing nearly everywhere has outpaced income growth … ...

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Multiple media outlets make errors about upcoming Supreme Court case Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

March 17, 2021 | By LARRY SALZMAN

On March 22, PLF will argue at the Supreme Court of the United States what has become the most contentious property rights dispute in the nation, Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid. This case centers around a controversial California regulation that allows union organizers to enter (without permission) private farms for up to 3 hours a … ...

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America’s individualist Constitution

February 27, 2021 | By LARRY SALZMAN

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Legal Foundation’s quarterly magazine Sword&Scales. PLF exists to establish a rule of law under which all Americans may live free in their pursuit of happiness. We fight to preserve and advance the American ideals of individualism and liberty, and our mission has never bee ...

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Governments can’t use COVID-19 as an excuse for arbitrary and unconstitutional policies

June 11, 2020 | By LARRY SALZMAN

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been asking questions like “are lockdowns constitutional?” “What is the government’s role in a pandemic?” This week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit in Connecticut challenging unconstitutional policies enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until today, ...

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City Journal : Can we sue our way out of quarantine?

May 20, 2020 | By LARRY SALZMAN

The longer the lockdowns last and the less necessary that they seem, the more scrutiny courts will apply. State governors from coast to coast issued coronavirus-related lockdown orders about two months ago, closing businesses and restricting people’s movements. Government officials have taken unprecedented steps, seemingly without much calcul ...

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the government’s emergency orders to combat coronavirus

April 28, 2020 | By LARRY SALZMAN

PLF is committed to protecting the individual rights of Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. Our approach is forward looking, focusing on empowering Americans and helping them recover from the crisis. We believe that only the entrepreneurial actions of individuals and businesses will get the nation moving in the right direction. Read our statement ...

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Issues & Insights : Are Continued Shutdown Orders Constitutional?

April 27, 2020 | By LARRY SALZMAN

With Americans under an unprecedented web of orders to stay inside – with “non-essential” businesses, lives, and livelihoods on hold while staggering costs mount – an increasing number are asking: are the shutdown orders constitutional? Don’t state or federal constitutions guarantee my right to travel, to earn a living, or to ...

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The Government-Created Housing Shortage

April 07, 2020 | By LARRY SALZMAN

The American spirit is synonymous with a can-do attitude—we are builders, creators, and innovators. The remarkable construction of New York’s legendary Empire State Building symbolizes that spirit: from start to finish, the completion of this American landmark took a single year. But that spirit now seems diminished. Many U.S. cities face a ...