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Business: Congress has been captured by yet another well-heeled business special interest group: Big Kombucha. At its beckoning, Senator Wyden has introduced a bill that would prevent application of federal alcohol excise taxes to Kombucha, which contains a small amount of alcohol. Bend is, of course, home to Humm Kombucha. Wyden’s bill is a good thing and while they’re at it, how about Congress get rid of excise taxes on beer too?
Law: Have you ever wanted to get back at those parking enforcers, the ones who ticket you for being two inches over a line, or staying three minutes past when you should have? Well, apparently the judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals are right there with you. They ruled that the parking Gestapo can’t constitutionally mark your tires with that chalk they use because it’s a violation of your Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. If Criminal Procedure weren’t my worst grade in law school I would tell you something about what that means, but you’ll have to just read the article I guess.
Politics: Oregon has at least 24 occupational licensing boards that license and regulate various occupations including body piercers and electrologists, whatever that is. Widespread (and growing) occupational licensure is widely seen as anti-competitive and particularly harmful for people trying to climb the economic ladder. One state, Arizona, is bucking the regulatory trend and, spearheaded by its governor Doug Ducey, is now recognizing all occupational licenses granted from other states, so long as the license has been held for a year. Oregon should look at this and other licensure reforms to make our workforce more dynamic and make Oregon an easier place to do business.
Et cetera: Longtime readers know that we here at BBR have a certain affection for small, eastern Oregon towns. Previously, we’ve reported on happenings in Lakeview and Millican. So, it’s no surprise that the major recent flooding of Mitchell caught our attention. We’re glad no one was hurt, and really glad Henry the Bear doesn’t live at the Mitchell gas station anymore, because that could have been tragic.
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