What the Supreme Court Might Cost Us

The Supreme Court decision on South Dakota’s internet taxes will affect local and online businesses, consumers, and state budgets.

The California/Missouri Chicken Cage Disagreement

Sort of like coach or first class, most of the chickens that lay our eggs live in a battery or a colony cage.  In the typical cage called the battery, a chicken has 67 square inches. By contrast, colony cages…

Health Care and Commerce

How to define commerce? In 1824, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to decide if New York State could give a monopoly to a steamboat operator. In his decision, Chief Justice John Marshall rejected the narrow “buying and selling” definition of…

The Supreme Court and the Health-Care Law

How to understand what the Supreme Court will look at when they decide whether parts of the health-care act are constitutional? In an excellent interactive graphic, the Washington Post identifies the issues that Supreme Court will consider: Individual mandate: Requiring…

Amazon vs. California

According to the Seattle Times, in 1996, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos said, “You have to charge sales tax to customers who live in any state where you have a business presence. It made no sense for us to be in…

Health Care and Steamboats

Health care and steamboats are related. The link is the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Hoping to promote a single national economy, the framers of the Constitution said that the Congress has the power to, “regulate Commerce with foreign nations…

A Broccoli Mandate?

For one federal district judge, deciding whether parts of the new health care reform law are constitutional relates to, “What is economic?” Our story begins with a court hearing in Florida on December 16. States opposing the health care reform…