Cronyism in Tucson PPP style

Towards the end of January, 2016, the Pima County Board of Supervisors announced that it had voted to build a factory for World View Enterprises. The supervisors talk as if they are running an investment fund instead of a county government. The county claims it will net over $3.3million at the end of the 20 year lease-purchase agreement. Unfortunately, a government should not be run like a business, nor should it gamble on businesses. How...Read more

LiBEERtarian T Shirt

Since I’ve done some research lately on beer distribution, I decided to be creative and make a T shirt for “liBEERtarians”. What do you think?   Libeertarian Toast – Drink to Liberty Tee Shirt by Libeertarian Design your own t-shirts on zazzle.  Read more
Why Arizona Has 1.1 Craft Breweries per Capita While Texas Only Has 0.6 per Capita

Why Arizona Has 1.1 Craft Breweries per Capita While Texas Only Has 0.6 per Capita

I just came back from an enjoyable beercation (a vacation with the purpose trying beer at various breweries) in the Dallas, Texas area. Being from Arizona, I found the Texas brewery laws to be rather silly and restrictive. For example, I found that a brewery, even with a taproom, couldn’t fill growlers or sell packaged beer, but a brewpub was allowed to do so with the trade off being a lower cap on the amount...Read more
History of the Claims That Alcohol Three Tier Distribution Curbs Aggressive Marketing and Promotes Temperance

History of the Claims That Alcohol Three Tier Distribution Curbs Aggressive Marketing and Promotes Temperance

Inspired by my post about Four Peaks Brewing, I started doing some research on the three tier distribution system required for alcohol distribution in 49 US states, with Washington state being the exception.  The system began with the 21st amendment to the United States Constitution, which repealed Prohibition.  With the passage of the 21st amendment, the states were given control to regulate alcohol, and the three tier distribution system became the preferred way to do...Read more
Airbnb: A Threat to Arizona Hospitality?

Airbnb: A Threat to Arizona Hospitality?

Fear mongering, targeting Airbnb, is coming to Arizona.  The Tucson Sentinel has come out with an article titled, “Experts fret Airbnb may hurt Arizona’a Hospitality Industry”. The article analyzes the potential impact of Airbnb on Arizona’s lodging industry and includes quotes from proponents of Airbnb and those that are against Airbnb.  As far as proponents of Airbnb, they are consumers looking for a place to stay and property owners with extra rooms or houses to rent.  Outspoken critics...Read more