About: Jon Sanders

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

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

Dear phony caller

There was no need for your silly attempt to impersonate a newspaper reporter, however amusing that was to me. I would have answered your question regarding our position on film incentives regardless. If you wish to use this subterfuge in the future, I would suggest you try to do actual “reporter things,” such as, offContinue Reading

E.g., what Edwards and Nichol would’ve never published

I’ve been reading a very important study entitled “Bootstraps Tangled in Red Tape: How State Occupational Licensing Hinders Low-Income Entrepreneurship.” I noticed that the author, Stephen Slivinski, is a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University. A university center — like the 200-plus we have inContinue Reading

RPS mandates raise electricity prices, harm employment and household income

That’s the aggregate finding of a newly released study of renewable portfolio standards mandates. My newsletter discusses the study, its finding regarding electricity prices and the critical importance of the cost caps in keeping electricity prices from skyrocketing under North Carolina’s RPS mandate. It also discusses a flaw in the study causing it likely toContinue Reading

About North Carolina’s far-reaching CON program

Not only has North Carolina retained its Certificate of Need program long, long after Congress repealed the federal mandate as a hopeless failure (in 1987), but among the remaining CON states, N.C.’s program is one of the most aggressive. The chart below is from a February 2015 study of North Carolina’s CON program by researchers atContinue Reading

Seattle hit with mysterious rash of restaurant closures

Seattle Magazine asks this month: “Why Are So Many Seattle Restaurants Closing Lately?” Last month—and particularly last week— Seattle foodies were downcast as the blows kept coming: Queen Anne’s Grub closed February 15. Pioneer Square’s Little Uncle shut down February 25. Shanik’s Meeru Dhalwala announced that it will close March 21. Renée Erickson’s Boat StreetContinue Reading

Massachusetts joins growing group of states rethinking film incentives

At their heyday in 2009, only six U.S. states did not have film incentives. Since then, several have dropped out. Now over one-fourth of U.S. states are not giving handouts for film productions. Another state is considering joining the list of dropouts from the “stupid trend” of racing to the bottom: Massachusetts. As reported byContinue Reading

Not hypothetical after all

J. Peder Zane’s column this morning on the politics of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity — its ending as well as its beginning — included the following: The poverty center has always been a political animal, with tiger claws and donkey brains. It was created in 2005 to bolster the candidacy of formerContinue Reading

A confusing request — to those who believe the malarkey that NC’s renewables mandate is lowering electricity prices

The Charlotte Observer reported last week that Duke Energy wants to pay North Carolina solar farm developers 15 percent less for their electricity than it now does, according to filings this week. … Duke says this year’s lower rates are a result of falling natural gas prices. Renewable energy rates are based on the costsContinue Reading

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