44. Government Non-Interference in Business Operating Schedules and Pricing

No level of government should prohibit any kind of business from operating during any time of the day, week, month, or year. The government has the right to restrict the amount of noise traveling across the business property’s lines, especially during nighttime hours, but no business, for example, should be required to regularly close down every Sunday or sell certain products (like Christmas trees) only during certain times of the year, etc.

In addition, governments should not be involved in directly setting prices for or mandating the free use of products or services produced by the private sector. For example, governments should be prohibited from preventing or regulating Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fees charged by either the banks or other ATM owners.

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