September 13, 2023

Danny Barbee is a fourth-generation bricklayer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His work is well-regarded within the local industry, and the projects he’s led have received awards for superior craftsmanship.

In 2010, Danny started his own company, ProCraft Masonry, LLC, after working nearly his entire life in stonemasonry. The company works primarily on smaller projects (those involving fewer than 1 million bricks) around the Tulsa area. Danny runs ProCraft with his wife, Diana, who handles the front office as ProCraft’s Administrative Director. Together, they oversee about 11 employees most of the time.

ProCraft is facing one of the federal government’s “administrative courts,” which impose fines and fees without any involvement by a real judge or jury. Agencies including the Department of Labor (DOL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) employ agency “judges” to impose often eye-watering liability on individuals and small businesses.

The Constitution entitles ProCraft to have a judge and jury decide whether they broke the law and, if so, what the appropriate penalty should be. That’s why ProCraft teamed up with the Institute for Justice to ensure that the government must give people their day in court before it can take their property. 

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