Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies
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.

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 1)

  • North Carolina’s extensive alcohol regulations: the count

    North Carolina devotes over 75,000 words to regulating alcohol, placing over 1,000 restrictions on alcohol beverages.
    Jon Sanders, February 13, 2019
  • Reminder: A monopoly’s idea of efficient is MUCH different from a consumer’s

    To a monopoly, efficient and effective services are what give it the highest revenue. Not what serves the consuming public or local vendors' interests. That's why the North Carolina Constitution states that "monopolies are contrary to the genius of a free state."
    Jon Sanders, February 11, 2019
  • North Carolina’s extensive alcohol regulations: examples

    Last week I wrote about how heavily involved the State of North Carolina is in controlling the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages here. Here’s an example. This is a paragraph from Jon Guze’s Spotlight report on the “maze of alcohol rules” in North Carolina: Forty-three…
    Jon Sanders, February 8, 2019
  • Media skepticism absent amid Gov. Cooper’s empty boasts

    It'd be nice if our media wouldn't set their skepticism aside when it comes to climate cronyism. (You'd think this particular governor would have earned some skepticism from media when it comes to using environmental issues to promote cronyism.)
    Jon Sanders, February 8, 2019
  • The difference between regulation and red tape

    People outside of government tend to distinguish between regulation (making the rules of the game) and red tape (an unnecessary tangle that makes it harder to be productive for no good reason).
    Jon Sanders, February 6, 2019
  • North Carolina’s extensive alcohol regulations

    Every now and then you'll encounter an anecdote about a particular rule governing the alcohol industry here and you'll find yourself scratching your head about where it came from.
    Jon Sanders, February 1, 2019
  • Growth in local wineries and distilleries in NC reflect different levels of regulation

    At the beginning of the 20th century, North Carolina was the nation's leader in wine production and the nation's leader in legal distilleries (with 745 registered distilleries, 540 that were operating). Then came prohibition, and then came liquor control vs. wine licensing.
    Jon Sanders, January 25, 2019
  • The ABC System and deadweight loss

    In 2017, the ABC Commission reported a systemwide profit margin of 11.2 percent. In a competitive market, the profit margin for stores is 2.4 percent. Only 19 of the 428 government-controlled liquor stores fell below that.
    Jon Sanders, January 23, 2019