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Eric Boehm is the national regulatory reporter for He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and Fox News. He was once featured in a BuzzFeed listicle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87 and reach him at [email protected]

Watchdog Podcast: Airbnb, the First Amendment and Philly’s tax on soda

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Education, Issues, New York, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Philadelphia passed a tax on soda, and New York is trying to make it illegal to even talk about renting your apartment on Airbnb.

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Beyond Philly: Other cities already looking to duplicate soda tax plan

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, National, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

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“While it’s true that sugary drinks are a health problem, but so are cheeseburgers,” Rendell told a local radio show. “So are donuts. Are we going to do a tax on sugary donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme? Are we going to tax cheeseburgers at McDonald’s?”

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New York’s latest effort to ban Airbnb might violate First Amendment

By   /  June 22, 2016  /  First Amendment, New York, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Airbnb website: screenshot by Eric Boehm (June 22, 2016)

An effort backed by unions and the hotel industry might succeed in shutting down Airbnb in New York. Doing so might require the state government to violate the First Amendment. The New York State Senate voted last week to approve a bill banning online advertising for short-term apartment rentals. The measure makes it possible for […]

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Chicago rewriting Airbnb rules in advance of City Council vote

By   /  June 21, 2016  /  Accountability, Illinois, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Airbnb hosts in Chicago say they don’t know what to expect when the city council votes Tuesday on new regulations for short-term online rentals

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Nanny State of the Week: Florida couple still fighting for their vegetable garden

By   /  June 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Florida, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, National, News, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts are suing Miami Shores after the town threatened to fine the couple $50 per day for their front-yard vegetable garden.

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Problems abound for Philly’s new soda tax: ‘Most people have cars’

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

SUGAR FREE: Mayors push ban on food stamps for soda

Neighborhood grocery stores struggle to survive against competition from larger chains and big box stores. Philadelphia’s new soda tax will make it harder.

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