Supreme Court Dries Price Controls Like A Raisin In The Sun

How would you like it if, after a year of planting, growing, and harvesting a crop, you learned the government would take 47 percent of your yield without any compensation or guarantee of future return? That was the dilemma Marvin and Laura Horne faced when federal trucks showed up at their farm to haul away tons of raisins. Unlike most growers, however, the Hornes decided not to let the government simply take the literal fruits of their labor, but instead to fight all the way to the Supreme Court—twice.

The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act (AMAA) of 1937, a cockamamie New Deal program that nobody’s bothered to repeal, allows the U.S. secretary of agriculture to create commissions for certain agricultural products in certain geographical areas, and to approve “marketing orders” from those commissions. These marketing orders allocate a portion of the designated crop from all producers in the covered region for government control and disposition. In other words, they set aside part of farmers’ crops to do with as bureaucrats decide.

Read the rest on The Federalist here.

State-Based Visas Provide New Possibilities Within Immigration Reform Debate

Two years ago this week the Senate passed the biggest immigration overhaul in 50 years (S. 744). The House and Senate failed to resolve their differences, however, and the reform effort died.

Following this episode, some advocates of reform, disenfranchised due to repeated failed debates on the topic, looked for new ways to achieve progress on the immigration front. One idea that has won support from politicians, the popular press, and think-tank experts is state-based visa reform.

What was once an idea floating around obscure legal journals in the past two decades is now making waves in the California and Texas state legislatures. City Journal, the Cato Institute, the Economist, Foreign AffairsCity Lab, and Next City have all discussed it. Senator Rand Paul and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have come out in support of it. I wrote my senior thesis at Hofstra University on the topic as well.

Read the rest on the Niskanen Center here.