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Baptists & Bootleggers: Red-light-camera manufacturers lobby for red-light cameras

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The notion of “the Baptist and the Bootlegger,” promulgated by Bruce Yandle, is that while regulations often have a public-good face (a minister during prohibition), the driving force is often a company that profits from the regulation. Local governments tell us red-light cameras make us safer. Of course they fill local government coffers. But they also enrich private industry, too — private...

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