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November 14, 2019

The Hill: Seattle is trying to handcuff landlords — so they’re fighting to protect their rights

On November 14, 2019, the Washington Supreme Court delivered a disappointing decision for the pair of cases titled Yim v. City of Seattle. Earlier this year, Ethan Blevins wrote in The Hill about these cases and Seattle’s ongoing assault on property rights. ~~~ Last week, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionalit ...

November 11, 2019

The Hill: Tech industry’s massive pledge to affordable housing distracts from the real problem

Last week, Apple joined other big tech companies in tossing loads of cash at California's housing crisis. They outdid Facebook and Google with a whopping pledge of $2.5 billion. The money is split into, among other things, an affordable housing investment fund and construction of affordable units on Apple-owned property. Charity no doubt will help ...

October 21, 2019

Congress, not presidential proclamation, should establish national parks

This summer, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrated its 103rd anniversary. The NPS, the leading agency responsible for maintaining national parks and monuments, remains popular among the general public. Yet, the reservation of public lands is not without controversy, especially when it comes to national monuments. One key difference between nat ...

October 17, 2019

Seattle is improving some housing policies, but more need to change

For decades, cities have slogged through a depressing trend: limited housing options have forced rents higher than ever. A New Yorker even founded a political party to argue that "Rent Is Too Damn High." While some advocates have pushed policies that actually make the affordable housing issue worse (like rent control, and affordable housing "fees" ...

October 15, 2019

The Hill: When agencies regulate in secret, none of us is safe

Imagine what it must feel like to have a government agent show up at your door, accuse you of violating some rule you've never heard of, and threaten you with massive fines and imprisonment if you don't do what he says. Wyoming's Andy Johnson doesn't have to imagine; he lived it. His alleged offense: he ...

October 15, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency considers dirt in a farmer’s field “pollution”

When most people think about preventing water pollution, they probably picture sewage plants and factories, spilling gunk into a river or lake. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA), overturned dirt in a farmer's field is technically the same thing as that noxious gunk: pollution. The CWA was ...

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