About: Jon Sanders

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

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Raising the minimum wage to $11/hr in St. Louis would have bad impacts

The city of St. Louis plans to raise its minimum wage to $11/hour by 2018. A new study published by the Economic Policies Institute by economists David Macpherson of Trinity University and William Even of Miami University projects several negative impacts. The city would sustain over 1,000 jobs lost, the economists find. Those job losses would fall disproportionately on:Continue Reading

Special favoritism for film productions is still a bad idea

Economics hasn’t suddenly changed. So there’s no need to expand dramatically the state’s film grant program, especially not to five and a half times the level it was in 2015. But House Bill 473 and  Senate Bill 358 would both pump up the state’s “Film and Entertainment Grant Fund” to $55 million. States reviews of their own film incentive programs1Continue Reading

Gun sales at record highs, gun accidents at record lows

  Consider the following two statements: Gun sales have been at record levels for the past two years Accidental gun deaths were at an all-time low in 2016, according to the annual “Injury Facts” report from the National Safety Council — at 489, that number is “the lowest since 1903, when record-keeping began” or “about three-tenths of 1Continue Reading

About that big drop in NC energy emissions this century

What do all these things have in common? Curious? Read “The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions” to find out.

Carolina Journal exposes layer upon layer of solar cronyism

I’ve long noticed two prongs of the solar lobby‘s message to legislators and the media — two messages that I think are completely at odds with one another: Solar is a powerhouse industry in North Carolina. Second in the nation in solar! Solar cannot make it as an industry on its own. Not without extensiveContinue Reading

The Barbers Board would like to cut competition, too, thank you

Let it not be said that the North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners is cutting corners at the legislature this session. Aspects of two separate bills suggest the board would like it to be harder in various ways for poor barbers to make it in this state. That is, to exercise their self-evident, inalienable rightContinue Reading

If you can’t win customers and investors, win politicians

Since the renewable energy industry cannot build itself by winning customers and investors on the strength of its own merits, they have to win politicians — who can force people to be their customers and investors. Dan Way at Carolina Journal has the latest. He quotes one of the lobbyists, Paul Shumaker, as saying the big takeaway for RepublicanContinue Reading

How a 2013 red tape reform is working in NC — and how it can do more

This is an encouraging result, even though the blue section shows how much more could be done. Senate Bill 16, inspired by comments from the head of the Rules Review Commission, would address that portion. Read my report for more details.

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