Jon Guze

Senior Fellow, Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 83)

  • 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, 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
  • Supreme Court Accepts Mandatory Dues Case

    At, Robby Soave reports that: In a move that likely signals a willingness to deprive teachers unions of the power to collect compulsory fees, the Supreme Court has decided to hear a case challenging the practice next fall. On Tuesday, the Court announced that…
    Jon Guze, June 30, 2015
  • LegalZoom Takes the Offensive In North Carolina

    I’ve written before about the State Bar’s attempts at preventing LegalZoom from offering its online self-help legal services in North Carolina. Now, LegalZoom has turned the tables by filing a complaint against the Bar asking for damanges and injuctive relielf. As the Wall Street Journal reports: In the latest development,…
    Jon Guze, June 29, 2015
  • Great Win for Free Speech (and Property Rights)

    The Institute for Justice announced today that: The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judgment that had allowed the city of Norfolk, Va. to suppress a banner protesting the government’s illegal attempt to seize private property by eminent domain….
    Jon Guze, June 29, 2015