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The cost of July 4th

Thanks to Zero Hedge for this graph illustrating just how much more that burger you’ll likely grill tomorrow is going to cost you than it did last year, or the year before that, or the year before that…  Be sure to note their explanation of the asterisks. Blue is Greenspan unleashing his dot-com bubble rescueContinue Reading

Transparency for Charter Schools

This morning, I saw this headline. McCrory threatens veto of charter school bill over transparency… Being a big fan of both charter schools and transparency, I clicked through.  It turns out there’s a larger charter schools bill which includes a provision to “shield charter school teachers from publicly disclosing their names and salaries.”  We’re talkingContinue Reading

Where have all the jobs gone?

In today’s Daily Journal, the John Locke Foundation’s Roy Cordato talks about the devastating impact Seattle’s new $15/hour minimum wage will have on teenagers and low-skilled workers.  Yesterday, Andrew Puzder, CEO of the company that owns Hardee’s, talked about some of the exact same issues in the Wall Street Journal. His piece is worth readingContinue Reading

When minimum wage workers don’t want a raise…

Seattle has just raised its minimum wage…to $15 an hour.  You read that right.  $15.  In North Carolina, the minimum wage is $7.25, so Seattle’s will be more than double ours.  And in case you’re wondering, that’s equivalent to a little more than $30,000 a year for a full-time employee. The Locke Foundation’s Roy CordatoContinue Reading

Waiting for hospital treatment

This morning, I had one of those moments where you suddenly feel like you’ve slipped back to some other place or time.  I was reading the tragic story of Donald Douglass, a veteran who, his family is claiming, died as a result of treatment delays at VA hospitals.  After a skin cancer diagnosis in 2011,Continue Reading

Concealed handguns

On Sunday night, The Pit‘s new Durham restaurant fell victim to an armed robbery.  Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt, but it’s a terrible crime nonetheless. The Pit, like many businesses in North Carolina, has a “No Weapons” sign posted on its front door. Maybe it’s because they came in through the back door, butContinue Reading

The ABC Commission’s microbrewery rules…

This is why I just love, love, LOVE government regulation.  Because it leads to really sensible outcomes that clearly protect people and make our lives better. Marty Kotis owns restaurants in Greensboro.  And, in a move I find entirely unsurprising, he’s decided to get into the microbrewery business.  Microbreweries are all the rage.  They’re poppingContinue Reading

Shelby Landowners vs. NCDOT

In March, the John Locke Foundation published a Spotlight report, “Wrong Way: How the Map Act threatens NC property owners.”  If you haven’t read that report, you should consider taking a look at it. Most of us are familiar with the idea of eminent domain, whereby the government can purchase land it needs for aContinue Reading

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