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December 06, 2016

PLF argues in Oregon Supreme Court that laws should benefit the public, not cronies

Though occupational licensing laws are often justified in terms of health or safety, studies show that licensing regimes are more often bare attempts by entrenched business interests to protect their market share.  The result of such crony laws is that entrepreneurs are barred from pursuing an honest living, with no corresponding benefit to the pu ...

October 15, 2015

Beyond satire: Public employee union-sponsored legislation blocks out the sun

Public employee unions in California hold tremendous political power, influencing both policy and politicians with tremendous effectiveness. We described the depth and breadth of this influence in our brief recently filed in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Unions have a special ability to wield their power behind closed doors, as col ...

May 12, 2015

The birthday of a bad idea

A rotten idea was born 82 years ago today called the Agricultural Adjustment Act. Like many New Deal policies, the Act worsened the Great Depression and struck a blow to liberty. ...

October 17, 2012

Georgia Supreme Court goes out of its way to find that cronyism is specifically enshrined in the Georgia Constitution

Courts typically avoid ruling on constitutional issues unless it is necessary to decide a case. There are several reasons for this practice, not the least of which is that ruling on controversial constitutional matters when the case can be resolved on less controversial statutory grounds can make the court look political, or lend credence to ...