Category Archives: Regulation

Environmentalists, Russian oil companies, and a clear ‘Bootleggers and Baptists’ case

Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon documents the latest example of the classic “Bootleggers and Baptists” scenario regarding social regulation. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore moneyContinue Reading

Yes Virginia reducing unemployment benefits does increase employment

A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has reconfirmed the first premise of economic science–people respond to incentives. In this case, if you lengthen the time unemployment payments can be received, at the margin, you lengthen the time people will remain unemployed.  And of course, if you reduce the length ofContinue 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

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Roy Cordato’s analysis of the minimum wage’s impact on low-skilled workers. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal examines a new report that shows just how heavily the solar industry relies on taxpayer handouts.

N.C. on the wrong side in three health-related regulatory debates

Want better health care for North Carolina? The Mercatus Center at George Mason University offers three prescriptions for all 50 states in a new report. Well before the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the US health care system lacked many of the basic elements of consumer choice, price transparency, and efficiency enjoyed byContinue Reading

Advice for the GOP on addressing Obamacare’s flaws

In an interview for inFocus Quarterly, Tevi Troy outlines ideas for Republicans in Congress to tackle some of the worst elements of the Affordable Care Act. iF: You are one of the foremost experts on health care policy in Washington. Americans consistently express concern that their own insurance is becoming LESS affordable, or they’ve beenContinue Reading

Making it more costly to hire workers

Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner computes labor costs associated with President Obama’s recent proposals. If President Obama has his way, it will soon become more expensive, by more than $5 an hour, to hire minimum wage workers. That’s the combined cost of adding the president’s proposals for a higher minimum wage, more paid sickContinue Reading

Barone warns that government could be setting economy up for another fall

Michael Barone‘s latest column at Human Events projects potential long-term negative consequences of current government policies. What caused the financial crisis? How can we prevent another one from happening again? The answers you most often hear to those questions are (1) greed and deregulation and (2) the Dodd-Frank law. But they’re patently inadequate. Greed —Continue Reading