Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies
Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jon gets into the weeds in all kinds of policy areas, including electricity, occupational licensing, hydraulic fracturing, the minimum wage, poverty and opportunity, state rulemaking, film and other incentives programs, certificates of need, and cronyism.

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 1)

  • Wall Street Journal: Hey, guess what will save solar?

    You probably know that solar energy advocates acknowledge that solar is an unsustainable industry without lots of government aid. 
    Jon Sanders, February 21, 2018
  • Examining the Right to Earn a Living Act, part 2

    Producing public policies that benefit all of society, but especially the poorest areas, would be another highly compelling reason to reform occupational licensing in North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, February 21, 2018
  • Examining the Right to Earn a Living Act, part 1

    It starts with the premise that "The right of individuals to pursue a chosen business or profession, free from arbitrary or excessive government interference, is a fundamental civil right." North Carolina already has the same basic principle inscribed in its state constitution.
    Jon Sanders, February 20, 2018
  • UtilityDive asks: Is PURPA done?

    Last year North Carolina policymakers made major changes to state energy policy — but not to the state's exorbitant avoided-cost rates. Such a reform is all the more necessary, however, because of last year's restructuring of energy policy. 
    Jon Sanders, February 19, 2018
  • Energy poverty and the painful truth about energy efficiency programs’ impact on the poor

    The underlying issue is that everyone, rich or poor, needs energy. It is a basic human need, so anything that makes it more expensive will disproportionately harm the poor more.
    Jon Sanders, February 16, 2018
  • Trump deregulation would eliminate nearly 300 IRS rules

    The Treasury Department answered Trump's call to review significant tax rules and take appropriate steps to mitigate their harms. This week Treasury announced that it had targeted 298 rules for removal, with an additional 79 that would be amended.
    Jon Sanders, February 15, 2018
  • A deep dive into the many ways government red tape impacts private enterprise

    Government red tape slows down the economy in ways that go unseen. Policymakers who understand this aspect of red tape should be interested in cutting red tape and keeping regulatory burdens light and up-to-date.
    Jon Sanders, February 15, 2018
  • Rent-seeking: How lobbying can be like Blackbeard

    Lobbyists and pirates are both notorious rent-seekers. They spend some of their resources to capture others' resources without producing anything of value to the others.
    Jon Sanders, February 13, 2018