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 could well be that stricter licensing of security guards yields better quality security guards. At the same time, by the effect of licensing limiting the supply of security guards, the outcome is less actual security.
While House Bill 589 brought major changes to energy policy in North Carolina, it did not do anything at all about North Carolina's exorbitant avoided-cost rates. Electricity consumers need those rates set more in line with surrounding states' rates.
A 2013 law barred North Carolina occupational licensing boards from automatically denying licenses to applicants simple for having a conviction record, but the boards still enjoy broad discretion in denying applications.
In today's heavily tribal political climate, it may be difficult to imagine Republicans and Democrats being basically on the same page with respect to any issue, especially deregulation. But one of President Donald Trump's approaches to deregulation — regulatory budgeting — had its origins in the administration of President Jimmy Carter.