|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:47 PM|
I'm an attorney at the Institute for Justice (www.ij.org) and I'm doing some research on barriers to entrepreneurship in the Miami area. I'm hoping that the members of this group might be able to help.
If you're not familiar with the Institute, we're a nonprofit law firm that litigates nationwide on behalf of individuals whose rights are threatened by the government. We litigated the Kelo eminent-domain case on behalf of Susette Kelo and other property owners in Connecticut, and later pushed for Florida to enact some of the strongest anti-eminent-domain legislation in the country. We've also litigated a cases in Florida concerning school choice, campaign-finance regulation, and the right to earn an honest living. A brief video about our latest Florida case, a challenge to Florida's unconstitutional occupational-licensing scheme for interior designers, is available here: http://www.ij.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2726&Itemid=208
The report I'm writing will catalogue regulatory barriers to economic liberty and interview people who have been affected by those barriers. We're most-focused on entry-level occupations, jobs that take little start-up capital and are a good first step up the economic ladder. Some of the occupations that we've looked at in the past include taxicabs, cosmetologists, manicurists, home-based businesses, household-goods movers, sign hangers, and street vending. This list isn't exhaustive, though, and we're always on the lookout for new occupations.
I'll be traveling to Miami later this month to interview people for this report. If you happen to know of a particular industry in Miami that is subject to unreasonable regulations, or if you know of individual entrepreneurs who've had their had their right to earn an honest living infringed by the government, I'd like to know about it and possibly include it in the report. If you think you can help, feel free to contact me anytime. My contact information is:
Institute for Justice
901 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
Of course, feel free to pass this information along to anyone else in the libertarian/free-market/economic-liberty community who might have some insight on barriers to entrepreneurship in Miami. I can assure you that I will keep any communications about this project confidential. Any assistance you can offer is greatly appreciated.