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North Carolina ranks 18th in overall freedom for its citizens in a new Mercatus Center publication.

Some highlights from my perspective

North Carolina has the best asset-forfeiture laws in the land. It could improve them by putting the burden of proof on the government.

spirits taxes are quite onerous … a full standard deviation higher than average [Note: this could make privatization more difficult]

On regulation, labor laws are excellent, but occupational licensing needs to be rolled back (especially the elimination of licensing for acupuncturists, landscape contractors, cat and dog dealers, and athletic trainers).
eminent-domain reform has not gone far enough to be effective.

Joseph Coletti / Senior Fellow

Joe Coletti is a senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation focused on fiscal policy issues. He previously headed the North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform initiativ...

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