Elon Musk’s high-profile battle to sell Tesla cars directly to consumers is just the latest challenge to state laws that give an advantage to powerful local businesses, even if the legislative ... more 
Elon Musk’s high-profile battle to sell Tesla cars directly to consumers is just the latest challenge to state laws that give an advantage to powerful local businesses, even if the legislative justification is difficult to ascertain. Musk told Tesla shareholders last year such laws are a “perversion of democracy,” as noted by the New York Times. He joins a growing chorus of critics who are challenging laws that protect car dealers, taxi services, funeral directors and many other industries under the guise of public safety or economic regulation. In many cases those laws represent the fruits of lobbying by powerful economic interests — how many legislators don’t have an auto dealer in their district? — and result in consumers paying higher costs or narrower choices. less 
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Tue, Mar 18, 2014 2:04 PM EDT