February 2004, Volume 13, Number 1

Flower Power

February 2004 Flower Power By Clark Neily Pass Rate of Louisiana retail florist exam applicants* *Data taken from past 3 years (2000-2002); complete results from 2003 were not yet available. What does it take to be a florist? A love of flowers, an eye for beauty, a spark of creativity. But in Louisiana, you’ll also…

2003: Randy Bailey’s Year

February 2004 2003: Randy Bailey’s Year By Dana Berliner 2003 was a good year for Randy Bailey. On September 28, 2003, he was featured in the season-opening episode of 60 Minutes, explaining that he did not want the City of Mesa, Ariz., to take his brake shop so it could give the land to the…

Bright Entrepreneurial Stars

February 2004 Bright Entrepreneurial Stars By Joseph Holt Among the many stars in the constellation of clients at the IJ Clinic, none shines brighter than Carmen and McKinley Wells, the brother and sister entrepreneurs and owners of Chicago’s McKinley Design Ltd. The company designs, fabricates and installs handmade furniture for residential and commercial clients. Increasingly,…

Laying the Intellectual Foundation

February 2004 Laying the Intellectual Foundation By Bert Gall The most public part of the Institute’s fight for liberty is our litigation of cases in the courts of law and the court of public opinion. Every litigation success builds positive momentum toward a rule of law in which courts enforce constitutional guarantees of individual liberty…

Colorado is Changing the Face of Vouchers

February 2004 Colorado is Changing the Face of Vouchers By Scott Flores In April 2003, Colorado became the first state in the nation to pass a statewide voucher law since the victory for school choice before the U.S. Supreme Court. The legislation passed with the support of a broad-based group of school choice advocates we…

Give to IJ, Not to Bureaucrats

Give to IJ, Not to Bureaucrats Retirement plan assets can vanish under a plethora of heavy-handed taxes after the owner dies, including federal and state death taxes, income taxes and excise taxes. The result for those of us who name loved ones other than our spouses as beneficiaries can be that as much as 75…

Untangling Arizona’s Hairbraiding Law

February 2004 Untangling Arizona’s Hairbraiding Law By Tim Keller For the past three years, Arizona native Essence Farmer has earned an honest living as an African hairbraider in Maryland. Prior to moving to Maryland to attend community college, Essence braided hair semi-professionally from her parents’ Arizona home, so braiding was the perfect occupation to help…

Two New Books Feature IJ’s Work

February 2004 Two New Books Feature IJ’s Work John Stossel, the host of ABC’s 20/20, and investigative reporter Randall Fitzgerald feature Institute for Justice lawsuits in their new books to document a disturbing pattern of government abuse. Give Me A Break and Mugged by the State each chronicles case after case of innocent Americans who…

IJ Wins Silver “Galaxy Award”

February 2004 IJ Wins Silver “Galaxy Award” The Institute for Justice won the 2003 Silver “Galaxy Award” for its work promoting IJ’s Public Power, Private Gain report written by IJ Senior Attorney Dana Berliner and Castle Coalition Coordinator Rob Wiles. The “Galaxy Award” is presented annually to corporations and non-profit groups internationally for excellence in…

Fight Against Blight Continues in Ohio

By Dana Berliner It should come as no surprise that government bureaucrats can’t bear to let go of power. Yet the powers-that-be in Lakewood, Ohio, are taking this to truly astonishing extremes. In late 2002, the City of Lakewood announced it was pursuing a plan with private developers to replace a cozy, middle-class residential neighborhood…

Colorado School Choice Litigation Update

11After two-and-a-half hours of oral argument—preceded by a rally of more than 300 parents and community activists supporting Colorado’s Opportunity Contract program—a Denver district judge in December struck down the state’s new school choice program under an arcane “local control” provision, found in the constitutions of Colorado and only five other states. The judge also…

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