A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

A 13-year-old Holland entrepreneur thought he would be able to sell hot dogs and financially help his family with the purchase of a food cart.

Unfortunately, city zoning officials have shut down his business, based on an ordinance that prohibits competition to brick-and-mortar restaurants from mobile food vendors. The Mackinac Center's own Anne Schieber investigates.

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(Editor's note: Since the posting of this video, Doug Johnson, stepfather of Nathan Duszynski, has been arrested.)

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Commentary: Laws Should Be Just, Benefit Consumers - Licensing standards need to be scaled back

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St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz discusses how the minimum wage was used to block immigrants from taking scarce jobs during the depression era. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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