Daily Archives: February 9, 2017

JLF’s Restrepo shares Direct Primary Care insights with Florida legislators

Florida legislators learned this week how direct primary care saved one N.C. county government more than $1 million in health bills in a single year. Katherine Restrepo, the John Locke Foundation’s director of health care policy, shared the details during testimony Wednesday before the Florida House Health Innovation Subcommittee. Click here to access video ofContinue Reading






A larger per diem for legislators is a case of wrong incentives

The Charlotte Observer ran a story today under the headline “North Carolina legislators want to pay themselves more.”  There are all sorts of problems with this, but let’s start with the headline itself.  Legislators don’t want to pay themselves more.  They want to force the taxpayers of North Carolina to pay them more. I’m not just beingContinue Reading






Common myths about the use of statistics in research

Read Why traditional statistics are often “counterproductive to research the human sciences, a Q&A with professors Eric Loken and Andrew Gelman, now! Here is one of many noteworthy passages from the piece: The human sciences feature lots of variation among people, and difficulty of accurate measurements.  So psychology, education, and also much of political science, economics,Continue Reading






Where’s the money for police pay raises?

On Tuesday, Raleigh announced that they would be increasing pay for some city workers.  This was unusual in a couple of respects.  First, it’s mid-year.  That rarely happens.  Usually, the city waits for a new fiscal year and a new budget to bring in pay increases.  These, however, will be effective April 1, which isContinue Reading






A Tempest in a Teapot

On Tuesday, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined 17 other amici curiae (“friends of the court”) in a brief filed in State of Washington v. Trump. The case involves a challenge to President Trump’s recent executive order dealing with immigration. The order itself has drawn a lot of criticism, not only from progressives, butContinue Reading






Lap dog bill filed

Rep. Garland Pierce (D – Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland) filed House Bill 73: Prohibit Driving With Animal in Lap. If the bill becomes law, violators would incur a fine of $100 plus court costs for holding a live animal while operating a motor vehicle.  The type of animal is not specified in the legislation. My dogContinue Reading






Trudy Wade’s media trial

The bench trial over the controversial House bill redrawing Greensboro’s City Council districts concluded on Wednesday. It could be several weeks before U.S. Middle District Court Judge Catherine Eagles issues her decision on whether or not the redistricting—which gets rid of the at-large seats and creates eight new council districts grants the mayor only aContinue Reading






Obama administration regulator calls Trump reform ‘sober, knowledgeable and professional’

Writing in Bloomberg, Cass R. Sunstein, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012, welcomed the “interim guidance document” for President Donald Trump’s red-tape reduction executive order. At issue is Trump’s “one in, two out” order, versions of which have been used in CanadaContinue Reading