• September 1, 2014    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide

    How to Succeed in Your Fight for Economic Liberty

    You have the right to earn an honest living. This is called “economic liberty” and it is protected by the U.S. Constitution. But often, entrepreneurs face burdensome, arbitrary and anti-competitive laws that make it difficult, if not impossible, to earn an honest living in the occupation of their choosing. If you are an entrepreneur struggling…

  • June 24, 2005    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Activists nationwide have used the Eminent Domain Abuse Survival Guide to successfully fight illegitimate land-grabs. Expanding on the most effective practical strategies to protect your property outside of the courtroom, the Survival Guide is designed to be a comprehensive roadmap for any grassroots battle against eminent domain for private development.

  • June 1, 2014    |    Strategic Research

    Street Eats, Safe Eats

    How Food Trucks and Carts Stack Up to Restaurants on Sanitation

    Street food, long a part of American life, has boomed in popularity in recent years. Yet an idea persists that food from trucks and sidewalk carts is unclean and unsafe. Street Eats, Safe Eats tests that common, but unsubstantiated claim by reviewing more than 260,000 food-safety inspection reports from seven large American cities. In each…

  • November 1, 2012    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks

    Why the Facts Support Food-Truck Freedom

    Using facts and real-world examples, IJ shows that there is no basis for the argument that restaurants need government intervention to “protect” them from food trucks.

  • November 1, 2012    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Food-Truck Freedom

    How to Build Better Food-Truck Laws in Your City

    In order to foster the conditions that will let food trucks thrive, this report offers recommendations based on the legislative best practices of Los Angeles and other cities.

  • May 1, 2012    |    Strategic Research

    License to Work: First Edition

    A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

    License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing is the first national study to measure how burdensome occupational licensing laws are for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs. The report documents the license requirements for 102 low- and moderate-income occupations—such as barber, massage therapist and preschool teacher—across all 50 states and the District…

  • July 1, 2011    |    Strategic Research

    Streets of Dreams

    How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers to Street Vending

    Street vending is, and always has been, a part of the American economy and a fixture of urban life. Thanks to low start-up costs, the trade has offered countless entrepreneurs—particularly immigrants and others with little income or capital—opportunities for self-sufficiency and upward mobility. At the same time, vendors enrich their communities by providing access to…

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    Regulatory Field

    Home of Chicago Laws

    This report examines government-created barriers in industries that have traditionally provided a better way of life for the economically disenfranchised.

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    Houston, We Have a Problem

    Space City Regulations Prevent Entrepreneurs From Taking Off

    This report focuses on the areas Houston needs to improve in order to remain an opportunity city for all.

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    L.A. vs. Small Business

    City of Angels No Heaven for Entrepreneurs

    Los Angeles entrepreneurs are being strangled by red tape, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for entrepreneurs to earn an honest living in the City of Angels.

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    Miami’s Vice

    Overregulating Entrepreneurs

    Many Miami entrepreneurs are subject to occupation- or industry-specific regulations, which can take years of arbitrary education and cost thousands of dollars. Small business owners also must comply with paperwork and red tape that is complicated, expensive and time-consuming.

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    No Work in Newark

    City Must Free Entrepreneurs

    This study examines grassroots entrepreneurship in Newark and offers practical recommendations on how the city, which has become synonymous with urban dysfunction, could reform its laws and practices to encourage more small businesses to operate in its city.

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    No Brotherly Love for Entrepreneurs

    It’s Never Sunny for Philadelphia’s Small Businesses

    At nearly every level, Philadelphia’s city government and related bureaucracies operate with a one-word vocabulary: Whatever the question is, the answer is “No.” From zoning to permitting to occupational licensing, would-be entrepreneurs hear that answer time and again.

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    Washington, DC vs. Entrepreneurs

    DC’s Monumental Regulations Stifle Small Businesses

    Rather than pursuing their dreams, too many residents in Washington, D.C., move to more hospitable jurisdictions, take their businesses underground or simply give up.

  • October 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    Unhappy Days for Milwaukee Entrepreneurs

    Brew City Regulations Make it Hard for Businesses to Achieve the High Life

    This report chronicles the ways in which the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin make life difficult for small businesses, which threatens both entrepreneurship and the American Dream.

  • March 1, 2010    |    Strategic Research

    Policing for Profit: First Edition

    The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property…

  • October 1, 2009    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Building Empires, Destroying Homes

    Eminent Domain Abuse in New York

    New York is perhaps the worst state in the nation when it comes to eminent domain abuse. Government jurisdictions and agencies statewide have condemned or threatened to condemn homes and small businesses for the New York Stock Exchange, The New York Times, IKEA and Costco.

  • April 1, 2009    |    Perspectives on Eminent Domain Abuse

    The former chairman and chief executive of New York state’s Urban Development Corporation reveals how Times Square succeeded for reasons that had little to do with government condemnation schemes and everything to do with public policy that allowed the market to work.

  • June 1, 2008    |    Perspectives on Eminent Domain Abuse

    Simplify, Don’t Subsidize

    The Right Way to Support Private Development

    An independent developer details the outrageous bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles small developers must pass in order to build private projects.

  • March 1, 2008    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    California Scheming

    What Every Californian Should Know About Eminent Domain Abuse

    The report summarizes the legal history and areas of contention behind eminent domain for private development in California.

  • January 1, 2008    |    Strategic Research

    Doomsday? No Way

    Economic Trends and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform

    When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld eminent domain for private development in the 2005 Kelo case, the public reacted with shock and outrage, leading to a nationwide movement to reform state laws and curb the abuse of eminent domain for private gain. By the end of 2007, 42 states had passed some type of eminent…

  • August 1, 2007    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    50 State Report Card

    Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation Since Kelo

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s now-infamous decision in Kelo v. New London, 44 states have passed new laws aimed at curbing the abuse of eminent domain for private use.

  • July 1, 2007    |    Strategic Research

    Victimizing the Vulnerable

    The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse

    In Kelo v. City of New London—one of the most reviled U.S. Supreme Court decisions in history—the Court upheld the use of eminent domain by governments to take someone’s private property and give it to another for private economic development. In a major expansion of eminent domain power, the now-infamous Kelo decision marked the first…

  • June 1, 2007    |    Perspectives on Eminent Domain Abuse

    Development Without Eminent Domain

    Foundation of Freedom Inspires Urban Growth

    The former mayor of Anaheim, Calif., describes how that city’s leadership brought economic vibrancy to one neighborhood without resorting to any takings of private property. He also explores the successes and failures of other cities around the nation in economic redevelopment.

  • February 1, 2007    |    Perspectives on Eminent Domain Abuse

    Eminent Domain & African Americans

    What is the Price of the Commons?

    Eminent domain has become what the Founding Fathers sought to prevent: a tool that takes from the poor and the politically weak to give to the rich and the politically powerful.

  • June 1, 2006    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    The report debunks several of the most prevalent myths about eminent domain for private gain.

  • June 1, 2006    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Redevelopment Wrecks

    20 Failed Projects Involving Eminent Domain Abuse

    Cities and developers tend to overhype the benefits of private development projects that use eminent domain. But many of these projects are failures.

  • June 24, 2005    |   

    Activistas de todo el país han utilizado la información de este Manual de Supervivencia para proteger con éxito sus hogares y pequeños negocios del uso abusivo del dominio eminente. Este Manual de Supervivencia se elaboró partiendo de las estrategias prácticas más eficaces que existen para proteger su propiedad sin llegar a tribunales, con el fin…

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