• July 28, 2015    |   Private Property

    California is one step closer to sending a major civil forfeiture reform bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk after the Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety voted unanimously (7-0) to advance SB 443 to the Committee on Appropriations. The Appropriations Committee is the bill’s last hurdle before a vote in front of the full California State…

  • July 8, 2015    |   Private Property

    After fighting the federal government for more than 15 months, El Willis will get back his seized cash. Like many others who have faced civil forfeiture, the government never charged Willis with a crime. In late May, federal prosecutors agreed to return all of his cash—$18,480. But as part of the settlement agreement, Willis will…

  • June 12, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    In March 2013, Wolf Antoni, owner of the Bratwurst King food truck that frequents Tysons Corner in Fairfax County, Va., was slapped with a fine totaling almost half of his daily earnings. Why? Until this summer, food trucks were not allowed to operate on state-maintained roads. At the time, Antoni wondered, “We’re all small businesses.…

  • May 28, 2015    |   Private Property

    Nasrin Kholghy and her family could soon lose their carpet store to eminent domain abuse, after 25 years at their prime location in Glendale, Colo. To rally opposition to this government land grab and to support the Constitution, Nasrin’s family will host a “Blighted” Block Party on June 13 from 3pm to 6pm at their…

  • May 26, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill last month that saves dozens of yoga schools from onerous restrictions. Last fall, the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools sent letters to over 80 yoga teacher-training studios demanding that they comply with the law: to become legally certified, these schools would have had to pay nearly $2,000 in…

  • May 5, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    People have many reasons to work at home: rearing children, physical disability, age, little startup capital to rent office space—and, of course, who wouldn’t want to work in their bunny slippers? So it should be unsurprising that the arrangement is popular. In fact, the US Census Bureau reports that 51.6 percent of all businesses are…

  • April 26, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    After eradicating all crime in New York City, the NYPD can finally stamp out the real threat to New Yorkers: churro vendors. In late March, the NYPD arrested three women at the Union Square subway station for peddling churros without a license. Each woman was arrested, ticketed and is due in court on May 14.…

  • April 25, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    Carrying a badge as an armed “special conservator of the peace” requires 40 hours of training in Virginia. But getting a license to cut someone’s hair takes 1,500 hours of training—almost 40 times as many hours. Welcome to the absurd world of occupational regulations. Currently, Virginia law lets private citizens become SCOPs, which have the…

  • March 6, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    African hair braiders have safely twisted, weaved and braided hair for millennia. Yet Iowa forces these entrepreneurs to get licenses in cosmetology, even though braiders shun the use of chemicals and dyes. Read More: Texas Hair Braiders Win Right to Open Braiding Schools By requiring 2,100 hours of largely irrelevant training, Iowa is actually tied…

  • February 27, 2015    |   Private Property

    As a neurologist at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, Alireza Yarahmadi has helped patients with epilepsy, sleep disorders and strokes. Now he can add another line to his CV: civil forfeiture victim. Last June, the IRS seized $344,405 from the Iowa doctor’s account, alleging that he frequently withdrew cash in amounts under $10,000 to…

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