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June 19, 2020

2020 has hurt minority small business owners the most

2020 feels like it's following Murphy's law: if something can go wrong, it will. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands and cost millions more their jobs, businesses, and way of life. Then, when many Americans were getting ready to go back to work and small business owners were getting ready to open back ...

June 15, 2020

The Sun Sentinel: Florida ambulances need flexibility to serve consumers both now and after the pandemic

As Florida re-opens the economy, no one knows quite what to expect. But one thing that's clear is that medical providers must be ready to respond to whatever comes — and quickly. Unfortunately, the state's certificate of need laws stand in the way. Just months ago, Florida's certificate of need requirement prevented a Naples-based ambulance ...

June 04, 2020

Florida rightly suspended its certificate of need laws during COVID-19

In an emergency order, Florida’s Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has suspended Florida's Certificate of Need requirement for ambulances. This is an encouraging development for both consumers and healthcare entrepreneurs, and a change that the state legislature should make permanent. As PLF explained in a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, on beha ...

June 03, 2020

InsideSources: Rebuilding economy will require rethinking government’s role

To better understand the recent surge of criticism and resistance against government-mandated lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, take a closer look at the Commerce Department jobs report published last week. In April, the United States lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs, with the unemployment rate skyrocketing to 14.7 percent. Those numbers sugges ...

May 19, 2020

Napa County art gallery objects to arbitrary reopening order

Today Pacific Legal Foundation is putting Governor Gavin Newsom and Napa County officials on notice that their reopening plans are arbitrarily depriving individuals of their ability to responsibly resume business, which presents serious constitutional concerns. We've written this letter in support of Quent and Linda Cordair, owners of Quent Cordair ...

May 14, 2020

Avoiding government overreach in the COVID-19 recovery

Too often, government makes bad situations worse. States have broad powers to protect the health and safety of their citizens—especially during emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak, but many overreaching and arbitrary government policies having little to do with public safety have made the situation more painful and destructive than necessary. ...

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