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)

  • Dear me, the N&O editors have lost all faith in Obamacare

    Four years ago, the editors of the N&O said Obamacare "will work and people will like it and wonder why it took so long to put something as sensible as the Affordable Care Act into place." Now they want to replace it with something else. What happened?
    Jon Sanders, October 20, 2017
  • Misleading poll questions to pressure GOP candidates into cronyism for renewable energy? Sounds familiar.

    It's bad enough the polls are misleading. What worse it, it's obviously being done by people who know they have to mislead in order to gain political power for their special interest.
    Jon Sanders, October 19, 2017
  • Trump EPA ends ‘Sue and Settle’ scheme

    The EPA is finally ending the scheme whereby the federal government sends millions of dollars to radical environmentalist outfits while they foist costly rules on us without going through the rulemaking process.
    Jon Sanders, October 16, 2017
  • An all-time, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, stuffy-head…policy

    It can't make Carolina cold and allergy sufferers feel any better to know that, while they're stymied in purchasing effective over-the-counter treatment, rogue chemists are staying ahead of policymakers trying to prevent meth production by restricting things used to produce it.
    Jon Sanders, October 12, 2017
  • At long last, EPA moves to repeal ‘Clean Power Plan’ rule

    EPA's move to repeal the CPP would avert staggering costs on the economy, on business and industry, and on poor ratepayers. Meanwhile, all century long energy-based emissions have been falling in the U.S. and North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, October 11, 2017
  • Forbes economist: Amazon winner will be a financial loser

    University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman goes into detail explaining how, given the enormous incentives package Amazon requires, the math can't add up to make winning the Amazon headquarters a financial winner for state and local governments.
    Jon Sanders, October 10, 2017
  • Creeping Cronyism is a really tiresome movie … series

    Accountability is sorely missing in the issue of film grants. It's one of those issues where special interests win out easily over working people and small local business enterprises who don't have the time nor money to lobby for legislators to protect their interests.
    Jon Sanders, October 6, 2017
  • A deep dive into North Carolina’s sea of red tape

    A a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University found that North Carolina's administrative code contains 109,350 restrictions.Which are piled on top of 1.15 million federal restrictions.
    Jon Sanders, October 5, 2017