Episode 25: Asking for government’s permission to use your own property

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 25 | Guest: Wiz Rouzard—AFP Nevada

Short-term rentals—like the kind Airbnb helps facilitate—have earned the wrath of big players in the hospitality industry as more and more tourists look for alternatives to the high-priced traditional hotel-casinos along the strip.

And so, how are casinos, hotels and hospitality unions responding? Well, they’re running to government, asking lawmakers to effectively regulate away economic opportunities from property owners looking to tap into this new(ish) market.

Wiz Rouzard, director of grassroots operations with Nevada’s chapter of Americans For Prosperity, joined the program to talk about the latest attacks on property rights from Nevada’s legislature—and what it really means for property owners, entrepreneurs and consumers alike.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.