Daily Archives: January 28, 2013

Outlook for Recovering NC’s Revenue

In today’s Fiscal Update, Sarah Curry explores the outlook for North Carolina’s state revenue stream in 2013 – the trends and risks to watch in the coming months.  She covers jobs, taxes, the fiscal cliff, and business incentives.  If you want a sense of where the state’s budget is going, it’s a good place toContinue Reading

You might be a progressive if…

…you believe that right there in the Bill of Rights, where the founders explicitly wanted to recognize the citizen’s right to speak freely against the government, to practice any religion of their choosing free from government influence, to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, to not have one’s property taken byContinue Reading

New tools for fighting drug overdose deaths in North Carolina

The N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition is pushing this year for new tools to help the state fight drug overdose deaths. The first proposal involves a so-called 911 Good Samaritan Law, which would prevent a 911 caller from facing criminal prosecution in connection with calling in a drug overdose. The second proposal involves increased access toContinue Reading

Re: Time for NC…

One of the ways McCrory could and should liberate human capital to improve the state’s economy is to abolish needless regulations that impede work and entrepreneurship.  Instead of trying to lure the occasional big business into the state with subsidies, we should make it easier for people to work and start new businesses. We’ll doContinue Reading

Obama’s “Julia” lives!

Remember Obama’s cartoon character “Julia” who exemplified the statist ideal of the mindless citizen who lives at government expense (and of course votes to keep the welfare state going)? Dan Mitchell writes here about a woman in Britain who seems to be the real-life embodiment of Julia.

National School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week.  I will be participating in a panel discussion on school choice sponsored by America’s Future Foundation.  The event is on Wednesday at Natty Greene’s in Raleigh and will begin at 5:30 pm.  Be there. Just in time for National School Choice Week, the National Bureau of Economic ResearchContinue Reading

Time for N.C. to reassess its ‘aggressive’ approach to occupational licensing

North Carolina has more state licensing boards and mandates licensing for more jobs than most states in the nation. Jon Sanders explains in a new report why state leaders ought to rethink their “aggressive” approach to occupational licensing. Learn more here and by watching the video clip below.

The “affirmative action” colleges really need

We hear almost incessantly that colleges and universities need to use “affirmative action” (that is, preferences for students who happen to have certain ancestries), but in today’s Pope Center piece, Professor Robert Weissberg argues that the kind of affirmative action they ought to engage in is to seek to recruit a “critical mass” of studentsContinue Reading