Author Archive | Eric Boehm

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New England’s Illinois: Connecticut’s Budget Mess Shows That States Can’t Tax Themselves to Prosperity

Even in deep blue Connecticut—one of just six states in the country where Democrats control both halves of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion right now—the suggestion of a $1.8 billion tax increase has incited a political revolution. Three Senate Democrats and five Democrats in the state House bailed on a plan to impose […]

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Wisconsin Budget Deal Includes Anti-Homesharing Provision

As Wisconsin lawmakers prepare to vote on a long-overdue state budget, someone has slipped in a measure making it harder for people to rent their homes via platforms like Airbnb. The last-minute addition would prohibit municipalities across Wisconsin from banning rentals of more than one week, leaving those localities to do as they please with […]

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Most Americans Want Government-Run Health Care Until They Find Out the Government Will Run Health Care

Public support for single-payer health care is growing—in fact, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll in July found a majority of Americans support it—but that increase comes with an important caveat. Most Americans only want government-run health care until they find out that it means the government will run their health care. I thought about that […]

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As Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Florida, the Broken Window Fallacy Is Back

NASA/UPI/NewscomWith Hurricane Irma bearing down on the southeastern United States this weekend, cue another round of economic illiteracy from pundits and officials who will try to argue that all those flooded homes, torn-off roofs, and broken windows are actually a good thing for the economy. The latest culprit of such misinformation is someone who should […]

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Stop Subsidizing Football

In the sprawling suburbs west of Houston, the newest coliseum to America’s favorite sport hosted its first game last week. Legacy Stadium seats more than 12,000 people in two decks of bleachers that wrap around the side of a gridiron. An HD video board for replays of the action cost $2 million by itself. The […]

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The Minority Leader Who Cried Wolf in a Crowded Theater

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mixed her metaphors this week while trying to argue for free speech restrictions. During an interview with San Francisco TV station KRON4, Pelosi was asked whether the National Park Service (NPS) should deny a permit to a group of “alt-right” activists who plan to hold a demonstration Saturday in […]

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North Carolina’s Ridiculous Cosmetology Rules Prevent Makeup Artist From Opening Her Own School

North Carolina, like many states, requires makeup artists to obtain a government-issued license before they can ply their trade. Getting that license, in North Carolina, requires a year of training at a cosmetology school. That year of schooling, which includes training in a wide range of skills not necessarily related to what an individual makeup […]

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Indianapolis Cops Violated the Constitution by Holding Cars for Six Months Without Filing Forfeiture Paperwork

Imagine China/NewscomA federal judge in Indiana issued a sharp rebuke to civil forfeiture abuse on Monday, ruling that the Indianapolis Metro Police Department may no longer hold vehicles for up to six months before deciding whether to file official forfeiture paperwork. Using asset forfeiture, police departments and federal law enforcement are often able to seize […]

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Goodbye and Good Riddance to Operation Choke Point

A financial dragnet that ensnared porn stars, gun dealers, payday lenders, and other politically disfavored small businesses has been shut down. Operation Choke Point launched in 2012 as a joint effort between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. (The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would later get involved too.) It was […]

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