Daily Archives: June 14, 2012
It is not uncommon for government officials to enact legislation that directly contradicts provisions of current policy; this can be seen most obviously in its steady support of tobacco subsidies despite its national anti-smoking campaign. As it turns out, the same is now true of obesity. In 2010, the Healthy, Hungry Kids Act was enacted,Continue Reading
Columnist David Harsanyi has an illuminating piece explaining the difference. Politicians in both parties obsess over jobs they’ve supposedly created or saved, but, Harsanyi points out, our focus ought to be on the creation of wealth — i.e., goods and services that people want to consume. The more people governments employ, the fewer workers andContinue Reading
Or so says TTA Executive Director David King and Wake County Manager David Cooke. This letter to the editor quotes their statements during a transit debate between them and Dr. David Hartgen, the author of our study of the Wake County Transit Plan. At the June 11 Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner BettyContinue Reading
Here is the Washington Post obituary of Dr. Elinor Ostrom who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. I first ran across her work and the Indiana School of Public Choice when I was in graduate school in the 1970s. Elinor and her husband Vincent had an major influence on my academic career. SheContinue Reading
Today, the Budget and Tax Center (BTC), a project of the NC Justice Center, published a report that pans a bipartisan tax credit scholarship bill, House Bill 1104. It does not actually quantify how the bill would “decrease available funding for public education” in North Carolina, but it does identify one report that found thatContinue Reading
• Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton gets the endorsement of the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state’s teacher union, in his quest to become the next governor. • State Sen. David Rouzer, R-Johnston, the GOP nominee for the 7th U.S. Congressional District seat, is winding up his career in the General Assembly byContinue Reading
Jon Sanders discussed fracking for shale gas in North Carolina during Wednesday’s edition of “Capital Tonight” on News 14 Carolina.