Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jon gets into the weeds in all kinds of policy areas, including electricity, occupational licensing, hydraulic fracturing, the minimum wage, poverty and opportunity, state rulemaking, film and other incentives programs, certificates of need, and cronyism.
On January 4 the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued a letter of disapproval for the erosion and sediment control plan for the northern portion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route. As per his usual, Gov. Cooper said nothing.
The study estimates that California's plan to hike its minimum wage incrementally to $15/hr. by 2022 will result in the loss of about 400,000 low-income jobs. Nearly half of those jobs would be in the accommodation, retail sales, and food service industries.
The 2013 reform is already trimming one out of every eight state regulations. A simple change to the law, endorsed by the head of the Rules Review Commission and supported by both chambers of the legislature, could potentially do even more.