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What’s left?

A budget agreement was reached over the weekend. If all goes according to plan, the conference report will be posted later today and voted on by the end of the week,  finalizing the $22.3B spending plan for 2016-17. Sources close to the final negotiations tell us the standard deduction will be raised to $17,500 overContinue Reading

Re: Time to Dump Economic Development Policy

Roy hits the nail on the head, as always with his Daily Journal today on the difference between economic development and sound economic policy focused on economic growth.  As Roy explains, economic growth is better, cronyism takes us in the wrong direction. Over the last several years the General Assembly is going in the directionContinue Reading

Wind farms or national security? Eminent domain taking or police power? Sorting it out.

An interesting land use bill is working it’s way through the General Assembly. You may recall a CJ report from Sept 2015 raising concerns about wind farms interfering with military operations. HB 763 modifies the permitting process for wind farms allowing the Dept of Military and Veteran Affairs to consider and review applications. An officialContinue Reading

Occupational licensing restrictions so bad even the federal government stepping in to address the problem.

Occupational licensing restrictions, essentially a tax on jobs are clearly a problem in NC as regular readers of this blog have learned here and here and here.  Although NC has some of the most restrictions impacting jobs, the problem is pervasive across the country and now for the first time the federal government is steppingContinue Reading

CON laws hurting NC; Also hurting Tennessee

You’ve read all about how Certificate of Needs laws are hurting North Carolina, limiting access, driving up costs and compromising quality of health care.  While the federal government and twelve states have repealed their CON laws, many states, including our neighbors are also moving towards a repeal. A legal challenge is working it’s way throughContinue Reading

Time for patient driven, not hospital controlled health care. Break up the monopoly.

The US Department of Justice and the Attorney General of NC filed a lawsuit against North Carolina’s largest hospital conglomerate, Carolinas HealthCare System (CMS) this week. The complaint alleges CMS has used their market power to charge higher prices, control access and reduce competition by “using unlawful contract restrictions that keep commercial health insurers inContinue Reading

Strategic Transportation Investment program. Good idea. Now let it work.

As you may be aware, both the House and Senate budgets repealed the $500,000 cap on state funding for light rail. For those of us who are not big fans of light rail and believe that taxpayers funding of rail, be it light rail, commuter rail or passenger rail is not a wise investment ofContinue Reading

What’s killing jobs and stalling the economy? For one thing, occupational licensing. #reformit

A WSJ piece over the weekend looks at what’s killing jobs and stalling the economy. Many of North Carolina’s reforms have led to a more robust recovery here but there’s still much work left to be done. For much of the nation’s history, this process of what Schumpeter called “creative destruction” has spread prosperity throughoutContinue Reading

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