Category Archives: Regulation

Should government choose which cab you can take?

  Should government determine how many taxicabs can operate in a city? Should it charge cabdrivers thousands of dollars for the “privilege” of offering cab service? That’s exactly what Salt Lake City is doing, and Yellow Cab has decided to … Continue reading

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Looser alcohol laws: a losing proposition

  Take a moment and go through a quick thought experiment with me. Let’s say the Utah Association of Snake Oil Businesses came to your community and asked that you loosen regulations on selling legal forms of snake oil. The … Continue reading

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Untangling the politics of hair braiding

  Hair braiding. Why would the state Legislature spend even a minute worrying about hair braiding? Representative Holly Richardson is wondering the same thing. As it stands, hair braiding is regulated by state government. It seems that it’s an issue … Continue reading

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Utah’s fuel act: Helping gas stations at your expense?

  Many people – citizens and lawmakers – would think it ridiculous for government to prohibit R.C. Willey from giving away hot dogs and soda Saturday mornings as an enticement for passers-by to look at furniture. They might also object … Continue reading

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A license for hair braiding?

  Should Utahns have to obtain a state license to do landscape architecture, paint nails or braid hair? The state currently requires professionals in these fields, and many others, to obtain a license to work here legally. Some state legislators … Continue reading

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City regulations cut into homeowners’ options

  My husband and I had windows replaced in our basement the other day – all but two windows. Why leave them out? Because, according to the window-replacement company, if you replace basement windows – no matter the age of … Continue reading

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‘Smart growth’: not so smart

  For years, advocates on the left have pushed for state and local government to pursue policies that they like to call “smart growth.” In Utah, advocates have coined the term ” quality growth,” but both approaches boil down to … Continue reading

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Should Utah eliminate safety and emissions tests?

  Representative John Dougall (R-Dist. 27) wants to pass a bill in the 2012 legislative session that would eliminate safety inspections entirely and loosen requirements for emissions testing. He argues that these requirements are unnecessary for many cars and do … Continue reading

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