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.
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.
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.
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.
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.