Daily Archives: March 14, 2017

Carolina Journal’s Barry Smith discusses N.C. Senate’s proposed income tax amendment

Barry Smith assesses for UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel the state Senate’s proposed constitutional amendment capping the state income tax rate.

FTC puts occupational licensing boards on notice

Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, has created an Economic Liberty Task Force to focus on state occupational licensing activities. She announced it last month in a speech at George Mason Law Review’s antitrust symposium. Looming behind this new task force is the Supreme Court decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FederalContinue Reading

Salaries of teachers mentioned in Cooper’s State of the State

Last year, an intern and I attempted to obtain public school employee salary data for each of North Carolina’s 115 school districts.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction does not maintain a central database of employee compensation information.  As a result, we were forced to contact each district and requested that they pull salary dataContinue Reading

The truth about CO2: Pruitt knows more than the media

Robert Tracinski explains at the Federalist website why the new EPA chief is right about carbon dioxide emissions. For pro-free-marketers, the big bright spot of the Trump administration is the hatchet he’s taking to the Environmental Protection Agency: doing things like packing the agency with global warming skeptics and rolling back absurd new automobile mileageContinue Reading

Trump, Detroit, and anti-auto rules from the EPA

John Siciliano of the Washington Examiner previews President Trump’s next high-profile trip to the American heartland. President Trump will visit Detroit Wednesday to halt Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would force manufacturers to make cars that average more than 50 miles a gallon. An industry executive privy to the White House plan told the WashingtonContinue Reading

The American flag denounced as racist

Rob Shimshock of the Daily Caller documents a disturbing piece of news involving one of our nation’s most venerated symbols. Students from one Iowan high school recently apologized to the principal of another Iowan high school when people found their choice of red, white and blue attire offensive. Supporters of the Des Moines North HighContinue Reading

The new EPA chief and global warming

Julie Kelly writes at National Review Online about new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s first step toward addressing global warming alarmism. It’s hard to overstate the significance of the recent comment by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt that there is disagreement about whether carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming. In an interview on CNBCContinue Reading

Trump’s lean team

John Fund explains at National Review Online why he’s concerned about the pace of hiring within the Trump administration. [W]hile Democrats did stall several Trump Cabinet picks, the vast majority of sub-Cabinet slots that require confirmation are vacant because of a personnel crisis in the Trump White House. And there are many such empty slots.Continue Reading