Regulatory Reform

Arrested for Rock n Roll?

Not enough on their plates, city regulates street musicians.

peter-greenThe business of local government is never ending work. Finances, public safety, public works, and community development all need constant nurturing by local leaders.  Strangely enough many jurisdictions have found time to regulate most everything that moves. Such is the case in Asheville North Carolina, where they have found time to advance street musician regulations (aka busking).

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Public Safety Committee has sent specific busking regulations for Asheville City Council to consider. The committee is proposing a one-year pilot program at the Flat Iron and outside Woolworth Walk. At those spots, another busker cannot be within 120 feet. The resolution will propose buskers stay in a central area close to a marking, but not in a box. Read More

There comes a point when local officials need to take a deep breath and remind themselves of the oath they took to protect the rights of individuals. Regulation is about government control. Local officials would serve their constituents well if they would simply work with people without the force of law.


In Depth: Regulatory Reform

In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said that “the sum of good government” was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry.” Sadly, governments – federal, state and local – …

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