In San Antonio, Texas, food trucks have to get permission from brick-and-mortar restaurants before they are allowed to set up shop.
It's a rule that doesn't make much sense and certainly doesn't have anything to do with consumers' health and safety -- you know, the stuff government is supposed to be worried about. That's why it's being challenged by attorneys from the Institute for Justice, who say the rule simply isn't constitutional.
Arif Panjo, IJ's lead attorney in the case, sits down with Eric Boehm to discuss the case in San Antonio and other odd rules that limit food truck entrepreneurs' opportunities around the country.
At the top of the show, Boehm and Will Swaim take a look at a different area where government is intruding on the free market: the creation of rural broadband internet services, which are costly for taxpayers and provide little benefit to the general population.
In other news: The VA is under investigation for using whistleblowers' confidential medical records to target individuals who exposed problems at the agency and Republicans in Pennsylvania defeated the biggest tax increase in the nation this week.
All that, plus our Education Minute and Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.