The number of craft breweries continues to rise as states free up the market, making it easier for brewers to produce and sell their products. However, some distributors and health advocates want to halt that progress by convincing consumers that such changes actually hurt the vibrancy of the beer market.
The Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832) seeks to capture more tax revenue for states on Internet purchases. Traditional retailers, states, and localities have urged Congress to act in the name of “fairness,” but for consumers, this will only mean a tax increase.
If all highway funding responsibility were to be devolved to the states, additional revenue must be found. Innovative financing, modern electronic tolling, and new roadway technology should play important roles, but Massachusetts is falling behind.
Attempts to prevent overfishing by promulgating regulations (which are often at odds with subsidies) have proved both ineffective and impossible to enforce. Ending subsidies and extending genuine property rights to fisheries will help solve these problems.
The current immigration system is a complex bureaucracy that sets quotas, fees, and arbitrary restrictions that prevent most immigrants from attempting legal immigration. Replacing that system with a tariff would provide a legal avenue to immigrate and end most of the immigration black market.