Tag: Regulation
Will California’s Destructive Restrictions on Freelance Workers Go National?

California Assembly Bill 5, signed last September by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is now slated for reconsideration on the November 3, 2020 ballot. An initiative, qualified for the ballot on May 22, establishes criteria for determining whether rideshare drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Voters might keep a few realities in mind.

Government Restrictions Have Gone Too Far

The question about whether governments have been too restrictive, or not restrictive enough, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely never have a definitive answer. We can see what governments actually did and what actually happened, but we can only conjecture about what would have happened if governments had done things differently. In…
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Yields to Political Pressure on COVID-19 Policy

Florida’s previous policy of giving discretion to local governments was more sensible.

Right-to-Try Laws Can Help Drugmakers Combat the Coronavirus

President Trump recently announced he is extending social distancing guidelines to April 30th. He initially hoped to lift them by Easter. This is far from the first time he has changed his mind on how to best handle the coronavirus pandemic. Although frustrating, the President’s indecisiveness is understandable. The United States recently surpassed China…
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This National Doctors’ Day, Let’s Show Our Appreciation

Today is National Doctors’ Day, a day when patients can give thanks for the hard work and dedication of physicians and all those who support doctors such as nurses (who will formally be recognized on National Nurses Day on May 6). People around the globe are more grateful than ever for their physicians this year. During the…
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The Mask Madness of Big Government

As Newsweek reports, people are sewing their own face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Readers might wonder why something as simple as a face mask might be in short supply. As it turns out, such masks are strictly regulated. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and…
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To Battle Covid-19, Cut Regulation!

Nearly three weeks ago, the United States reported 230 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus and a dozen fatalities. On March 24, the United States reached 64,645 confirmed cases and 908 deaths. In New York City the death toll hit 192. As anyone with a TV or digital news feed knows, the virus is…
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California Would Have Low-Cost Housing If Government Allowed It: The Mortenson Experiment

Chris Mortenson, a San Diego developer, hired an architect to find out what type of SRO (single-room-occupancy) building he could develop for very low-income people, many of them homeless, if unnecessary state and local regulations were ignored. SROs are basically apartment buildings that typically have rooms without kitchens and shared bathrooms at the end…
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COVID-19 and Your Constitutional Rights

As federal, state, and local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens are being quarantined, governments are banning large gatherings of people, and international travel is being restricted. So far, domestic travel has not been restricted (except for those quarantined), but things are moving rapidly. One consequence of New York State’s ban on gatherings…
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What Will the Coronavirus Reveal About Our Healthcare System?

Scientists, doctors, and citizens everywhere are debating how concerned we should be about the outbreak of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. With alarming headlines grabbing our attention, the World Health Organization has increased its assessment of the risk of spread and impact to “very high.” Catalyst Fellow Conor Norris has taken a look at…
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