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  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C., has one of the best food-truck scenes in the country. Indeed, the success of the local food truck industry—aided by D.C. bureaucrats’ uncharacteristic decision to avoid strangling it in red tape while it was in its infancy—gave hope to many that D.C. might actually be working to rehabilitate its (well-deserved) reputation as a…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Until September 2015, it was illegal for pushcart vendors to sell any food other than whole produce or packaged frozen desserts in Chicago. The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship teamed up with street vendors across the city to form the Street Vendors Justice Coalition, to fight for the vendors’ right to earn an honest living. After…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    African-style, natural hair braiding is a time-tested practice that is deeply rooted in African cultural heritage.  And it’s totally safe:  it is simply braiding hair.  Yet some states require braiders to obtain cosmetology licenses in order to braid legally, which can require thousands of hours of irrelevant training in using harmful dyes and chemicals—practices braiders…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Orleanians love food trucks. Yet, despite their enormous popularity, food truck entrepreneurs in the Crescent City faced some of the worst laws in the nation. They could not operate within 600 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants, had to move every 45 minutes, and were banned entirely from the Central Business District and French Quarter. These…

  • March 8, 2017

    Greetings, activist! At IJ, we know the importance of keeping state and local governments in check. When governments abuse their power, IJ is there fighting to protect property rights, free speech, educational choice and economic liberty. Tell us which of IJ’s four pillars is your favorite and why and you could be featured on IJ’s…

  • March 14, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Support braiding freedom!  Contact your state legislator and tell them to vote YES on S.B. 269. For 25 years, IJ has advocated for entrepreneurs’ right to earn an honest living.  We often do this by challenging government-issued licenses that have nothing to do with protecting the public’s health and safety, but everything to do with protecting…

  • February 11, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    The Institute for Justice, a non-profit, civil liberties law firm, is offering high school students in Florida a chance to win a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to help pass a law and increase economic opportunity in their state.

  • February 10, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    That’s right. Cookies. In New Jersey, it is illegal to sell baked goods made in your home kitchen. That’s because the state has yet to pass a “cottage food” law that permits small, home-based entrepreneurs to prepare and sell baked goods that are perfectly safe, such as cookies, muffins and breads. This penalizes the many valid…

  • January 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    The problem begins when miniscule local governments have no tax base to pay the bloated costs of their administrations. Rather than balance the books by consolidating with neighboring cities and eliminating redundant services, these governments have turned to treating their citizens like ATMs. In many Missouri towns, their first idea was to take money from…

  • November 11, 2015    |   Private Property

    For decades, Californians faced a double injustice. The state’s redevelopment agencies routinely used eminent domain to seize perfectly fine homes and businesses and transfer them to private developers. Billions of tax dollars would then flow into these developers’ ill-conceived schemes—schemes that often failed to meet expectations. The redevelopment agencies were responsible for at least 200…

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