Thursday, January 19, 2012

IJ Wages New Fight for Economic Justice in MN


Institute for Justice -- "The video above features the story of Verlin Stoll, a 27-year-old entrepreneurial dynamo who owns Crescent Tide Funeral and Cremation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Verlin has built a successful business because he offers low-cost funerals (cremations from $750 and funerals with burials from $1,650) while providing high-quality service. His business is also one of the only funeral homes that benefits low-income families who cannot afford the high prices of the big funeral-home companies.

Verlin wants to expand his business, hire new employees and continue to offer the lowest prices in the Twin Cities, but Minnesota refuses to let Verlin build a second funeral home unless he builds a $30,000 embalming room that he will never use. 

 Why is Minnesota forcing Verlin to waste $30,000 on a useless embalming room as a condition of expanding his thriving business?

So that the big, full-amenity funeral-home businesses can benefit from a law that drives up prices for consumers and operating expenses for competitors such as Verlin.  Verlin’s basic services fee is only $250, which is about 90 percent lower than the $2,500 that the average Twin Cities’ funeral home charges.  Verlin’s business model is built on minimizing fixed costs, which is why he does not have a hearse or chapel, and this law—to the advantage of his competitors—stands in the way of him expanding his low-cost, high-quality approach.

The government should not force Minnesotans to do useless things.  That is why on January 19, 2012, Verlin and the Institute for Justice challenged the law in state court." 

6 Comments:

At 1/19/2012 11:49 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Good on the IJ.

I wonder why they never challenge the need for lawyer licensing?

From what I see, lawyers are glorified clerks, and law school and state licensing constricts the supply, and the shape of the trade (and complexity of legal documents), resulting in $400-an-hour desk jockeys.

Great Britain has many "para-lawyers" that lower costs.

Really, if you hire a bad lawyer, are you going to die?

And why, even with licensing, do people always tell you in a knowing voice, "Make sure you get a good lawyer." That implies most lawyers are not good. I hear this from lawyers.

Parasitical is a word the come to mind.

 
At 1/19/2012 11:58 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Let's hope the Minnesota legislature does not expand its mandates, because it could result in:

A medical clinic having to include a hospital;

gas station, a garage;

dry cleaners, a laundromat;

bookstore, a printing press;

picture framing shop, a drawing studio;

feed store, a pasture;

The possibilities are boundless. Let's hope the IJ fight leads to greater economic freedom in Minnesota.

 
At 1/19/2012 4:00 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Buddy: "Let's hope the Minnesota legislature does not expand its mandates, because it could result in:

A medical clinic having to include a hospital;

gas station, a garage;
"

car dealer, a test track;

Wait! That one wouldn't be so bad. :)

 
At 1/19/2012 7:15 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

of course if you want a really, really cheap funeral, most states will gladly undercut the most inexpensive providers.

just donate your body to the state for scientific use.. i.e. a cadaver for medical teaching...

;-)

 
At 1/20/2012 12:55 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

>>> Really, if you hire a bad lawyer, are you going to die?

No, you'll just wish you had.

It's amazing: Benny. Is there ANYTHING he can't get wrong?

Our current problem isn't "not enough lawyers". It's too many.

We need more doctors, and one HELL of a lot fewer lawyers running around looking for their magic bean pouch (also called a legal loophole) that makes them rich.

"For someone who hates lawyers, you certainly have enough of them..."
"They have theirs, I have mine. Lawyers are like nuclear weapons. You use them, you fuck up everything."

- "Other Peoples' Money" -

 
At 1/20/2012 12:56 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

GREAT movie by the way.

 

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