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. … ...


Government blocks much-needed birth center in Georgia

September 01, 2022 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

A great test of any society is whether it takes good care of pregnant women and babies.   The State of Georgia is currently failing that test.  Georgia has the worst maternal mortality rate in the country—that is to say, more women die in childbirth in Georgia than in any other state.   The financial website … ...


Lunch at Ole Time Smokehouse

June 24, 2022 | By JESSICA THOMPSON

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of our quarterly magazine, Sword&Scales. On days when Mark Shirley serves lunch at his food truck, Ole Time Smokehouse, he wakes up at 3:30 a.m. By the time most people in Farmville, North Carolina, are just getting out of bed, Mark’s barbeque has already been cooking … ...


North State Journal : Throwing rights under the bus

June 23, 2022 | By DONNA MATIAS

We all know small business owners whose livelihoods were disrupted, if not destroyed, by the pandemic. Ami Hill, owner of Muse Gallery OBX, a brick-and-mortar art gallery featuring local artists and artisans, was not spared. However, she was also not deterred. Successful entrepreneurs have a way of forging a path where none is obvious. Ami … ...


Reforming CON laws is a matter of life and death

May 19, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The South Carolina House Ways & Means Committee failed to move forward on a bill that would have abolished the state’s antiquated Certificate of Need (CON) laws, which give existing businesses a competitor’s veto to block new businesses.   In January, the bill passed the Senate with overwhelming support (35-6 vote) from both politi ...


Foundation for Economic Education : How a California tattoo artist beat public health officials who tried to deny her a permit

April 22, 2022 | By CALEB TROTTER

California tattoo artist Delia Fields is finally free to do what she loves. That’s the good news. However, her story highlights the uneven—some would say arbitrary—constitutional protections enjoyed by some entrepreneurs but not others. The last few years haven’t been easy for Delia. She lost everything she owned in the Camp Fire of ...


Digital nomads beware — living in Airbnbs can mean waiving your Fourth Amendment rights

February 28, 2022 | By DANIEL WOISLAW

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky is a billionaire without a home: Chesky is one of many white-collar workers who decided to become “digital nomads” during the pandemic, living and working full-time in a series of short-term rentals in different cities. The growing trend has been a boon for Airbnb, which enjoyed its best year yet in … ...


State legislatures should hold their occupational licensing boards accountable

February 14, 2022 | By DANIEL DEW

Occupational licenses, which impact a wide variety of professions, require workers to obtain state-issued “permission slips” before working in their desired fields. Often, if not always, the state licensing boards with the authority to accept and deny license applications as they please are stacked with individuals representing special ...


The Daily Reflector : Fighting back against Farmville right thing to do

December 31, 2021 | By PLF

By Mark Shirley The restaurant business is hard work. Long hours, narrow profit margins, fierce competition — given the challenges, it’s not surprising that 60 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year. I was prepared for all those challenges and more when I launched my barbeque business, Ole Time Smokehouse, in a food … ...