Tag Archives: New York

This is Rich…

Jee whiz! One might think Chuck Schumer sounds much like a Republican. Despite calling for tariffs on numerous occasions in the past, Schumer is right in this instance that tariffs are bad policy. However, we have put tariffs on Canadian products — like timber. The U.S., Schumer in particular, needs to look in the mirror.

Maybe Chuck Schumer should work at eliminating taxes that hurt New York wineries here in the U.S. —  where he has a powerful vote on the Finance Committee. He has the power to repeal/reduce the taxes he’s voted for in the past few years that, no doubt, hurt wineries just the same as Canadian tariffs do.

Canada has no incentive to listen to Schumer, especially since the U.S. has pursued protectionist policies — including most recently a ban on Canadian companies bidding on certain federal infrastructure projects in the United States.

If Schumer really wants to help Canadian wineries, he’ll drop the protectionist two-step racket and favor free markets. That is the best way to get Canada to drop its tariffs. 

Bloomberg’s Unintended Consequences

Sensible people should be outraged by New York Mayor Bloomberg’s recent nanny state sugar decree.

However, I’d posit there’s a big (largely unreported) unintended consequence: it might make people drink more, not less, sugary drinks. It’s quite simple, actually.

Here’s why:

The “Bloomberg rule” calls for a ban of sugary drink sales for any size of 16 ounces or more. The most common sizes these days are 12 and 20 ounce drinks. Bottles and cans. Most people will order a bottle, while some prefer a can.

Regular bottle drinkers, if relegated to a 15.99 ounce drink might buy two instead of a normal 20 ounce drink. Meaning they’d consume close to 30 ounces, nearly 10 more than they normally would.

Nobody likes obesity, but everybody should love freedom to purchase the drink size of their choice. Maybe that’s just me. 

Silly Laws and Stupid Regs: Scaffold Edition

This edition of Silly Laws and Stupid Regs comes to us via reader Brian N. Thanks for the link Brian!

Thomas B. Stebbins writes in the Times Herald-Record that New York’s Scaffold law should be abolished. New York is the only state that still has this law, according to the author.

But what is it?

Under this law, contractors, employers and property owners are held absolutely liable for “elevation-related injuries.” In New York, unlike any other state, when an injured worker sues, the employer is automatically liable, even if the injured worker was entirely at fault. Contrary to the most basic principles of justice and fairness, the employer has little access to due process.

New York is trying to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge (Yes, that is its real name) and cost estimates put it at about $5 billion to replace. Wow, right? Guess how much of that estimated figure is insurance:

This critical issue raises the cost of construction in New York and drives many firms out of the state. It costs contractors, builders and municipalities untold billions of dollars. Thanks to the Scaffold Law, of the $5 billion that it will (reportedly) cost to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge, fully $1.5 billion of that could be spent on insurance. If the bridge were built in Chicago, the insurance cost would be closer to $300 million. Why the difference?

Trial attorneys and insurers love this law. But taxpayers shouldn’t. If you are a New Yorker, write to Gov. Cuomo and your members of the Assembly and the Senate to tell them that if they want to make New York “Open for Business” they should repeal, or at least, reform this stupid law.

Thanks to Sen. Patrick Gallivan for his advocacy on this issue.

Tuesday Links

Thanks for a fun 2 years onion


George H. W. Bush: Your daily moment of zenn

Reason: What’s Next: Children Barred From Coal Mines? Nanny State Bans Undermine School Tests, Satanic Rituals, Farm Work

MR: Exports to China as a share of total exports

Be a Mercatus Fellow

GGW: Metrorail fares flirt with historic highs

AdAge: Get Tough: Avoid Hiring Those Who’ll Be Toxic to Your Business 

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness: A Discussion of Whether Regulation Actually Creates Jobs (they posted my article)

U.S.-China Business Council: US Exports to China by State

Gizmodo: This Japanese Ghost Ship Lost in the Tsunami Was Found Floating Near the Coast of Canada

Gawker: Here’s How to Condescend to 900 Job Applicants With a 3,000-Word Rejection Letter

WAGIST: Was Trayvon Martin a Drug Dealer? (Dear Jesus, look at the comments)

DailyCaller: Trayvon’s tweets 

“Oh how little we have learned,” David Shane wrote on PolicyMic.com. The media has rushed to judgment yet again. Now, it’s quite possible that Zimmerman is guilty of everything his worst foes accuse him of. There is plenty about this case that troubles me. But that’s exactly the point—I don’t know. Neither does anyone else, and both the scope and tone of the media coverage ought to reflect that fact.”

WSJ: ‘Pink Slime’ Production Is Suspended at Plants

Gothamist: Will You Be Drinking Coors Light Iced T This Summer?

Jalopnik: ‘Lamborghini Batman’ Was At Georgetown Last Week

C4G Goes for the kill on Lugar

WaPo: Who has the better regulatory record — Obama or Bush?

MightyHeaton: The Chuck Norris Dollar

A history of DC Billboards

Relaxed Fit E-Zine: Weber Grill Class Action Suit (Maybe tort reform should start here)

Being a complete asshole on Twitter in the UK can mean jail time, apparently.

The Debunker: Ken Jennings vs. 1950s Myths, Part 4

WT: Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity  

Letters of Note: To my old master | You children write illiterate letters

I want to do this at DuPont or Rosslyn

Mind = Blown: Cats, an Eagle and a Fox Hanging Out on a Porch Together