Tucson Streetcar Boondoggle

If you are unfamiliar with the Tucson streetcar project, it was part of a regional transportation plan approved by voters in 2006.  It was scheduled to be completed around late 2013, but was not completed until July 2014.  Part of the delay was due to the streetcar manufacturer, which as of March 2015, still owes the City of Tucson contractual damages for not delivering on time.  In the end, It cost $198 million to complete,...Read more

Facebook’s Internet.org Under Fire

I came across this article and this article about Facebook’s Internet.org program coming under scrutiny in India and being suspended in Egypt.  The articles report that Facebook is offering a product called the “Free Basic Plan”, which is a plan that allows users of mobile devices to access certain websites, including Facebook, for free through a mobile application.  However, this plan is not without it’s critics as the articles above talk about.  Most of the criticism I read...Read more

Four Peaks Brewing Bought by Anheuser-Busch InBev

The Arizona craft beer community is abuzz with the latest news that Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a deal to buy Tempe, AZ brewery Four Peaks.  In response to the acquisition, the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild has issued a statement.  Of course, with any news of this type, we also hear that big beer is taking over and ruining local breweries.  While it may seem that big beer is taking over, it must be noted that...Read more

Economics Books for Children

I’d like to make you aware of a new series of books that explain economics and the philosophy of Liberty to children. The series is called the Tuttle Twins written by Connor Boyack and illustrated by Elijah Stanfield. Each book in the series takes a classic book or essay and retells it in the form of a child friendly story with illustrations. Currently there are 3 books titled: The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law...Read more

Antitrust Follies Strike Groceries in Tucson

If you live in Tucson you may have received grocery ads in the mail from a new grocery store, Haggen, starting this past May.  At first, it was exciting to see a new grocery store option in Tucson, however doing a little research about the new Haggen stores opening in Tucson revealed a story of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) involvement through antitrust laws.  If you are unfamiliar with antitrust laws, these laws are used by the Federal...Read more