by | Mar 13, 2018

The evidence continues to pile up: corporate cronyism is bad for state economies. Studies examining the state-level impact of corporate connections to government officials confirm what seems somewhat obvious — that awarding special tax breaks and subsidies to those businesses…

by | Dec 30, 2016

Wake up, Missouri lawmakers. It is me, the Ghost of a Christmas Yet-to-Come, who whispers in your ear this wintry night. I come not to frighten you (like the baleful ghost in Dickens’s tale) nor to load you down with…

by | Sep 15, 2016

Sacramento I was perusing the real-estate listings for Palo Alto, California, and spotted a stylish, remodeled midcentury ranch house with a whopping 1,700 square feet on a postage-stamp lot for a mere $2.6 million. What a deal! There are great…

by | Sep 7, 2016

It’s been a busy summer for booze-related litigation in Texas. I’ve written previously about the successful challenge by craft brewers to a 2013 law that makes them give away their distribution rights, and about a challenge to an overbroad interpretation…

by | Aug 30, 2016

In the early part of my professional career I worked for a minor league sports team in Vermont, and recently had the opportunity to pass through Vermont for the first time in two decades. What struck me is that Vermont,…

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