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)

  • Pay attention, NC: The FTC is watching occupational licensing more closely

    If North Carolina leaders needed more reasons to reform occupational licensing and bring more labor freedom here, this new activism from the FTC should suffice.
    Jon Sanders, May 22, 2017
  • The ice jam of occupational licensing is still breaking

    In recent months, there are at least six instances of states de-licensing occupations. I hope North Carolina can add to this list.
    Jon Sanders, May 18, 2017
  • The fracks of life

    The most remarkable energy-exploration technological breakthrough in our lifetime continues to bring good news.
    Jon Sanders, May 17, 2017
  • So Nebraska licenses potato shippers. The FTC wrote lawmakers about it. General Assembly, take note.

    The FTC wrote to several Nebraska senators regarding occupational licenses under consideration for elimination this year. Those letters are important signals for how the FTC views occupational licensing in general. Lawmakers in North Carolina should pay attention.
    Jon Sanders, May 15, 2017
  • Senate budget would keep film grants, but it shouldn’t

    The newly released Senate budget would retain the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund, with a bit of a twist. As Carolina Journal reported, the budget would make $15 million of the $30 million grant a permanent feature. While this isn’t as bad as earlier proposals to jack the fund…
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2017
  • Perhaps years hence

    Back in 2013, the editors of The News & Observer were so confident that Republican economic reforms to taxes, unemployment benefits, and regulatory burdens would fail that they sardonically offered to credit Republicans if they succeeded.
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2017
  • Goodbye to my friend, Bob Owens

    That is the title to Katie Pavlich’s piece today, and it can’t be improved upon. News of Bob Owens’ death yesterday is devastating. Bob has been a frequent source here for his firearms expertise since his days blogging at Confederate Yankee. Over the years he became a friend.
    Jon Sanders, May 9, 2017
  • Another study links more occupational licensing with lower employment

    Forbes reports: a new study from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) evaluated how licensing regulations impact employment for ten low and moderate income professions. Using publicly available data from the Institute for Justice and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this peer-reviewed study ranked each state according…
    Jon Sanders, May 3, 2017