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Economic Liberty

October 13, 2021

Despite a pandemic and excess local regulation, food truck owner Mark Shirley refuses to abandon his dream

No one ever starts a business with the intent to fail. But thanks to Farmville, North Carolina's new food truck regulations, one man's burgeoning business stands in jeopardy. It takes a great deal of courage to leave your established career and follow your bliss, but that is exactly what Mark Shirley did. For years, Mark ...

September 20, 2021

Why is it so hard to be a California farmer?

In August, California's State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to drastically reduce farmers' rights to draw water from the state's two largest rivers. The decision was just the latest in a series of blows to thousands of California farmers who are struggling to keep their farms alive, thanks to shrinking water allocations and hostil ...

August 23, 2021

The Hill: Biden’s economic reform ought to consider certificate of need, too

President Biden recently called on the federal government to increase competition in the U.S. economy as a way of boosting wages, increasing employment, and allowing people to move between jobs. One of his biggest targets was occupational licensing, which has become a hot topic thanks to egregious examples such as states requiring thousands of hour ...

August 09, 2021

One Cuban immigrant’s story reminds us of the importance of fighting for individual liberty

Anton spent most of his life in Cuba before political oppression pushed him to immigrate to America in 2013. It was not a lack of love and respect for his country that caused Anton to leave. On the contrary, Cuba was his beloved home. He never dreamed he would have to leave his life behind, ...

May 18, 2021

In an (almost) post-pandemic America, people need theater now more than ever

There is something particularly magical about live theater. Many of us can probably remember the first show we saw, how the songs or dialogue made us feel, how we related to a character on stage. Theater, it could be argued, connects individuals to the human experience unlike any other form of art. There is a ...

May 17, 2021

The Hill: After losing a congressional seat, California needs a course correction

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California's leading exports are computers and electronic products. But these days, it feels like the top exports are jobs, residents and misguided public policy. Companies such as Tesla, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle — once staples of Silicon Valley — are moving to more employmen ...