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Civil Asset Forfeiture

Today’s newsletter from Jon Guze, JLF’s new Director of Legal Studies, is about civil asset forfeiture and some hopeful legislation currently making its way through Congress.  Let’s all hope that this gains some traction.  Of all the blatant abuses of government power, this one is among the most egregious.  And yet, remarkably, I didn’t reallyContinue Reading

America is Number 12!

The Heritage Foundation has released its 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, and the results aren’t great for the US.  We come in 12th, with particularly low scores in government spending and fiscal freedom.  According to the report, The United States’ economic freedom score is 76.2, making its economy the 12th freest in the 2015 Index.Continue Reading

Enough with the film incentives already!

They just won’t go away!  According to the News & Observer, “Production companies can now apply for NC film grants.”  Just wonderful. These grants are a replacement for North Carolina’s tax incentives scheme for film production, and while the Locke Foundation has argued against film incentives for years and was glad to see them go,Continue Reading

Time to rethink NC’s ABC laws

On Saturday evening, I visited the Top of the Hill Distillery in Chapel Hill.  While there are breweries and wineries popping up all over the state, there are far fewer distilleries in North Carolina, so the tour and tasting there was a bit different – and really interesting.  I learned a bit about the distillingContinue Reading

Hurray for lower gas prices!

Today, I saw gas in Raleigh for $1.99 a gallon.  And there was much rejoicing.  I sent an excited text.  I greeted the friend I was meeting for lunch with, “Guess what!”  I felt like I’d just gotten a raise.  Because in effect, I have.  We all have.  And that is good news. Not onlyContinue Reading

Enough incentives already!

Really?  We’re back here again?  Evidently Job Development Investment Grants, historic preservation tax credits, and film incentives are all back on the table, because the governor thinks North Carolina needs them. Dan Way, quoting Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, says it well in his latest Carolina Journal article. “If it’s all just about money andContinue Reading

Step up, North Carolina, and do what’s right

Loopholes in a law passed last year are still preventing victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program from receiving the compensation that they deserve.  My colleague, Jon Sanders, wrote a compelling piece about this issue last year, and it’s worth bringing up again and quoting at some length.   The spokesman is correct; that isContinue Reading

Free Market Land Conservation

This morning, I came across this story: Land trust preserves Sandy Mush land.  Here’s the short version.  In the ’70s, a commune bought some land and moved to the mountains of North Carolina.  They’ve been living there since, and they’ve not developed the land they own – no logging or building to speak of.  ButContinue Reading

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