Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 60)

  • Local Hero

    WNBC reports an exciting incident in Hickory, NC: Nicholas Anderson says he was at the right place at the right time…. Nick worked [with his girlfriend Deanna’s son, Brighton] to plan the perfect proposal…. Brighton thought Salsarita’s was the best place. “I didn’t…
    Jon Guze, August 3, 2015
  • Whitehouse Report on Occupational Licensing

    The Whitehouse has released a report on occupational licensing that includes some surprizingly sensible findings: More than one-quarter of U.S. workers now require a license to do their jobs, with most of these workers licensed by the States. The share of workers licensed at the State level has risen…
    Jon Guze, July 31, 2015
  • Is “Government” a Derogatory Term?

    The National Review reports an amusing legal dispute in Tennessee: Over in Williamson County … prosecutors actually filed a motion asking the court to order a defense attorney to stop calling them “the government” in open court…. In its motion, prosecutors claimed: “The State has noticed in the past…
    Jon Guze, July 31, 2015
  • Zoning and the Poor

    Ilya Somin has posted an interesting disucssion on the Washington Post website about the many ways in which zoning hurts the poor. He quotes from, and links to, a Mercatus Center report in which: Economist Steven Horwitz points out that restrictive zoning laws impede social mobility by making it difficult…
    Jon Guze, July 27, 2015
  • Immigration and Crime

    The murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, and Donald Trump’s provacative commentary, have raised concerns about immigrant criminality. In a recent post on the Cato Institute’s blog,  Alex Nowrasteh summarizes, and provides links to, a wide range of studies dealing with this emotionally fraught topic. His conclusion: Both the…
    Jon Guze, July 17, 2015
  • Transparency, California Style

    At MarginalRevolution.com, economist Tyler Cowen provides a link to the California Policy Center’s Transparent California website, which shows total pay and benefits paid to each of  6.5 million public employees in California in 2013.  I only the looked at the first page (out of 136,000), but the lowest paid employee there —…
    Jon Guze, July 9, 2015
  • He’s a Complicated Man

    As Locker Room readers are no doubt well aware, two weeks ago Chief Justice Roberts delivered the majority opinion in King v. Burwell. He held that, in the context of the Affordable Care Act, the phrase, “An Exchange established by the State,” should be interpreted to mean, “An Exchange…
    Jon Guze, July 9, 2015
  • An Ensemble Performance by the Texas Supreme Court

    Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This was another great win for the Institute for Justice, which described the case in a press release: The case began in 2008, when TDLR suddenly decided that eyebrow threading—a traditional South Asian practice that uses only cotton thread to remove eyebrow hair—required the same license that conventional cosmetologists need for techniques like waxing, makeup and chemical peels. TDLR issued $2,000 penalties to threaders across the state and ordered them to quit their jobs until they completed coursework in private beauty schools costing between $7,000 and $22,000. None of this coursework is required to address eyebrow threading and the state’s cosmetology examinations do not require any knowledge of threading. “Today’s decision is crystal clear: The government can’t make you do useless things to keep your job,” said lead attorney Wesley Hottot…. “The Texas Constitution protects everyone’s right to pursue the occupation of their choice without unreasonable government interference. State officials can’t just meddle with people’s ability to go to work and support their families. Regulations must have reasons.” “I am overjoyed,” said Ash Patel, a plaintiff in the case and the owner of an eyebrow threading business that was forced to close its doors…. “All I ever wanted was a fair chance to pursue my American Dream, … and now I can.” In addition to being a good result for the parties and for the cause of freedom, the Court's opinion is noteworthy because of the way it deals with the "due course of law" provision of the Texas Constitution. Taken together, the majority's opinion and the various dissents and concurrences provide a fascinating dialogue in which the history and the future of economic rights and their protection under federal and state law are thoroughly discussed.
    Jon Guze, July 2, 2015