About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

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Landmark federal study adds to research consensus on safety of fracking

A comprehensive U.S. Department of Energy study of hydraulically fractured wells in Pennsylvania — whose importance and preliminary results were discussed here, in my Policy Report on fracturing, and in my Spotlight report on fracking chemicals — has been finalized. The full report is viewable here (pdf file). The Associated Press reports: The final reportContinue Reading

Drawing the Wrong Conclusion XV: the Commerce cause-and-effect edition

To the self-defeating idea of economic incentives, Decker is an endless Rickroll; she is never gonna give you up never gonna give you up never gonna give you up … — Yours truly, 8/2/13 The presumption is that political decision makers have special insight that is not available to private investors about the value addedContinue Reading

Wait, who paid for that film report?

Film industry supporters who want the state to continue giving their industry generous tax credits like to tout NC State professor of supply chain management Rob Handfield’s study of those credits. They also like to make it seem as if the study is from NC State. Take the recent pro-incentives column by Wilmington author WileyContinue Reading

Mike Adams defies UNCW, feds over a very serious issue

The leading figure in the UNC system in the fight for free speech and academic freedom has taken on another important fight. UNCW criminal justice professor Mike Adams writes today about the very troubling new reporting practices forced on universities by the Obama administration, concerning allegations of sexual assault. As Adams explains, the practices areContinue Reading

‘Those’ Duke researchers show that hydraulic fracturing is safe

The News & Observer reported in August that [Robert Jackson and Avner Vengosh of Duke University] are among the few academics issuing high-profile challenges to energy industry claims that drilling is environmentally safe, yet they have had a low profile in fracking deliberations in Raleigh. But as state officials prepare for a last round ofContinue Reading

Nevada gives up $70 million in film incentives to lure Tesla

Apparently North Carolina isn’t the only state getting partially out of film incentives but certainly not out of state incentives. A changing of the cronies is definitely upsetting to the former cronies, but to taxpayers and unfavored businesses, nothing changes. From Nevada: The major showdown of the Legislature’s special session to approve $1.25 billion in taxContinue Reading

A truth comes out, now that it doesn’t matter politically

Over at Right Angles I explore the significance of this paragraph tucked away in a News & Observer story about Wake County parents worried about student reassignments again: As a fast-growing district of 155,000 students, Wake County historically has reassigned thousands of students each year. In the mid- to late-2000s, high rates of growth ledContinue Reading

‘Cronyism is at the heart of what’s wrong with the American economy’

So said James Pethokoukis in arguing against a lobbyist’s Wall Street Journal column pitting the debate over reform in government as between “evangelical libertarians” (i.e., the bad guys) and “Republican reformers” (delightfully reasonable people). Pethokoukis properly dismissed the formulation: Cronyism enlarges government, breeds corruption, and reduces economic growth by favoring politically connected incumbent firms (theContinue Reading

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