As you probably know, sales tax is typically not assessed on internet sales crossing state lines. Under the Supreme Court’s Commerce Clause doctrine, states are generally prohibited from requiring out-of-state retailers from collecting “use” taxes for sales to in-state residents. … Continue Reading
I didn’t realize this about the California Coastal Commission: Under the Coastal Act, any two members of the commission can appeal a local government’s action to the commission. After creating a controversy where there wasn’t one, those same commissioners are… Continue Reading
Andrew Sullivan’s recent apologia—or, perhaps, obituary—of conservatism makes at least one very good point: Modern conservatism has painted itself into a corner. Concerning the poor and uninsured, for example, Mr. Sullivan rightly observes that “in a society that won’t let… Continue Reading
I’ve had this tab sitting open on my computer for the past two weeks with the intention of forking over the $5 and reading Steven Levitt’s 1995 paper, The Effect of Prison Population Size on Crime Rates: Evidence From Prison… Continue Reading
Lots of people pounced on President Obama for his comment the other day suggesting ATMs kill jobs. Here’s the President: “There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient… Continue Reading
I will be talking about my recent piece on the CCPOA on KMB 580 AM (Fresno) Tuesday, June 14 at 6:45 7:45 a.m. PST. You can listen online here.
Randy Barnett recounts that the framers of the Constitution “contended that the enumeration of powers in the Constitution was itself a bill of rights that would protect the liberties of the people.” Since it operates to the opposite effect, a… Continue Reading
Jailing is big business. California spends approximately $9 billion a year on its correctional system, and hosts one in seven of the nation’s prisoners. It has the largest prison population of any state. The number of correctional facilities, the amount… Continue Reading