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  • June 21, 2021    |   

    Beauty School Debt and Drop-Outs

    How Utah Cosmetology Licensing Fails Aspiring Beauty Workers

    A January 2021 executive order requires Utah executive agencies to identify occupational regulations that are no longer necessary or can be reined in to reduce barriers to entry. One regulation that should be on the table is cosmetology licensing. This policy brief draws on a national study to explore the experiences of people pursuing cosmetology careers in Utah. Key…

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  • June 10, 2021    |   

    Blueprint for Business

    Cutting Red Tape and Supporting DC Entrepreneurs

  • March 9, 2021    |    Scholarly Articles

    In this article, Michael Bindas discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department for Revenue, in which the Court held that states cannot bar families participating in educational choice programs from choosing religious schools for their children. The article focuses not only on what the Court decided in Espinoza, but also on…

  • February 22, 2021    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Educational choice programs—defined broadly as programs that provide parents with financial aid to help their children opt out of the traditional public school system—are a hallmark of meaningful educational reform. Yet despite widespread news coverage of such programs, polls show most Americans are unfamiliar with how educational choice programs work. Opponents of educational choice routinely…

 

Strategic Research

  • February 10, 2021    |    Strategic Research

    Does Forfeiture Work? Evidence from the States February 2021 | By Brian D. Kelly, Ph.D. Forfeiture is a controversial tool police and prosecutors use to take and keep people’s cash, cars and even homes under the guise of fighting crime. This study is the first to look at whether state forfeiture actually fights crime or is…

  • December 14, 2020    |    Strategic Research

    Nationwide, civil forfeiture is a massive threat to property and due process rights. So finds the third edition of Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture. The report presents the largest ever collection of state and federal forfeiture data—17 million data points—and grades the civil forfeiture laws of each state, the District of Columbia and the federal government. The report also includes a new analysis finding no increase in crime after New Mexico abolished civil forfeiture and the profit incentive in 2015, showing that strong forfeiture reform does not sacrifice public safety.

  • July 16, 2020    |    Strategic Research

    Jetway Robbery?

    Homeland Security and Cash Seizures at Airports

    Law enforcement agencies routinely seize currency from travelers at airports nationwide using civil forfeiture—a legal process that allows agencies to take and keep property without ever charging owners with a crime, let alone securing a conviction. This study is the first to examine airport currency seizures by Department of Homeland Security agencies. It is also…

 

Legal and Policy Studies

  • February 22, 2021    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Educational choice programs—defined broadly as programs that provide parents with financial aid to help their children opt out of the traditional public school system—are a hallmark of meaningful educational reform. Yet despite widespread news coverage of such programs, polls show most Americans are unfamiliar with how educational choice programs work. Opponents of educational choice routinely…

  • August 19, 2020    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Conning the Competition

    A Nationwide Survey of Certificate of Need Laws

    A certificate of need (CON) is a government-mandated permission slip to start or expand a business. Think of a CON like an expensive admission ticket to access an exclusive club. You can be sure that those who are lucky enough to get in do their best to keep others out. CON programs were conceived with…

  • August 9, 2018    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Expropriation in Puerto Rico

    Policy Brief and Report Card

    In a new report (released August 6), the Institute for Justice (IJ) gives Puerto Rico’s eminent domain laws a grade of “F.” IJ is a nonprofit, civil liberties law firm dedicated to ending eminent domain abuse:  when the government seizes private property not for traditional public uses, but for private development. The report examines Puerto…

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