Responding to pressure from local restaurant owners, lawmakers in Bloomington, Indiana passed new regulations on where food truck vendors may sell food to customers. The new ordinance prevents food truck vendors from selling food to customers within 50 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
The new regulations will take effect immediately after mayor Matt Kruzan (D) has signed the ordinance.
Heritage Foundation agricultural policy research fellow Daren Bakst says increasing regulations on entrepreneurs will hurt the city’s economy, and its residents.
“We don't want to create artificial barriers to start a business. Food trucks are something that consumers certainly enjoy and are demanding,” he said. “It’s not shocking to see local businesses and local governments trying to, then, create ways to make it more difficult for them to actually engage in their business.”
Bakst says elected officials and established players in a market sometimes collude to keep...
Vermont State Rep. Teo Zagar (D-Windsor) is proposing a bill to loosen state regulations on raw milk sales in the state. Zagar is sponsoring a bill allowing dairy farmers to sell raw milk through community farmers’ markets and agricultural programs, with less oversight from the Vermont Department of Health.
Keep Food Legal Foundation executive director and George Mason University Law School adjunct professor Baylen Linnekin says Zagar’s bill benefits Vermont consumers.
“Strict regulations don’t...
In Minnesota, State Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia) introduced a bill to reduce the state’s excise tax on cigars by up to $3, lowering the tax to $0.50 per unit.
Currently, a 95 percent tax is added to the price of cigars, increasing the price by $3.50. Nash’s bill would lowering Minnesota’s cigar tax rate, equalizing the state’s tax rate with the rate applied in Wisconsin.
As reported by KARE-TV 11, cigar shop owner Mark Wolk says small businesses like his are good members of their communities.