Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 168)

  • Government waste, USDA style

    The Washington Post has an in-depth piece today about a boondoggle of a USDA program to create jobs in rural America. Read the whole thing; here are some North Carolina highlights: More than three decades after the loan program was created, USDA officials still don't know whether it works. Funds have gone to firms that have hired foreign workers instead of Americans. Millions more have gone to failing and bankrupt businesses. Most of the jobs are not new. Many are low-tech and low-wage. In addition to the loan program, the USDA has handed out almost half a billion dollars in rural development grants to businesses and nonprofits since 2001. Loan guarantees or grants have gone to a car wash in Milford, Del.; a country club in Great Falls, Mont.; a movie theater in Smithfield, N.C.; a water park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; an alligator hunter in Dade City, Fla.; snowmobile clubs in Maine; and dozens of gas stations and convenience stores in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. "You know, some people could argue a job at minimum wage is better than no job at all," said William Hagy, the USDA's deputy administrator for business programs. "In a lot of rural areas, that's all there are." More about the Smithfield movie theater to follow:
    Jon Sanders, December 5, 2007
  • Part Five: “It’s a very fair verdict”

    I mean, let’s keep perspective here: “she could have had six months and lashes and a fine, and she only got 15 days and deportation,” said Robert Boulos of the Unity High School, adding they would not appeal the decision. Oh yeah, you can’t expect any better than that…
    Jon Sanders, November 29, 2007
  • Diversity language shift alert!

    From the Arizona Republic: 9-year old suspended for ‘hate crime’ … The boy was suspended for three days this month for allegedly committing a “hate crime” by using the expression “brown people.” So now saying “brown people” is a “hate crime”? Then lo how my tender ears were…
    Jon Sanders, November 28, 2007
  • Wake Tech forced to change policy, admit illegal immigrants

    Per the Charlotte Observer: North Carolina's community college system has ordered the state's 58 campuses to admit illegal immigrants, overturning a policy of letting the heavily enrolled schools set their own rules for handling undocumented applicants. David Sullivan, the system's top lawyer, dispatched a memo this month telling the community colleges that state regulations require the schools to admit illegal immigrants who meet the schools' basic requirements of being either a high school graduate or an adult in need of skills training.... A study this year by a Duke University graduate-level class listed 22 campuses as having a written or unwritten policy to bar undocumented applicants. The Observer contacted the three schools nearest to Charlotte, McDowell Technical, Cleveland and Stanly community colleges. All said they had no such policy and had been admitting illegal immigrants. Central Piedmont Community College has been admitting illegal immigrants. Wake Technical Community College, in Raleigh, was among the schools that had to change its policy after the recent memo. "We had just always required appropriate documentation," including legal residency, said Laurie Clowers, the school's public relations director. The article also mentioned the cost:
    Jon Sanders, November 28, 2007
  • NC State bans smoking, even outdoors

    WRAL: North Carolina State University [will] ban smoking inside all university buildings, except residence halls which are or have designated smoking areas. Those dorms must go smoke-free by Aug. 15, 2008. Outdoor smoking will also be banned within 25 feet of all buildings owned by NCSU. Well, we all…
    Jon Sanders, November 26, 2007
  • How much did your property tax value increase?

    Wake County has proudly, proudly announced its real-estate tax revaluations, and according to an informal poll of my Wake County friends, the newly assessed tax values are ranging in amount from $[Holy crap] all the way up to $[OK, fine, if you think so, I’ll sell it to you…
    Jon Sanders, November 20, 2007
  • Heads up, SW Wake County!

    WRAL reports: Fuquay-Varina … is positioning itself to triple in size over the next decade and has asked Wake County commissioners for permission to expand. Fuquay-Varina wants to secure jurisdiction over nearly 20,000 acres to control possible future development.
    Jon Sanders, November 20, 2007
  • I told you the “toilet paper noose” incident would become a big issue

    WRAL has the latest update on this most flimsy of “criminal acts”: Students leaders at North Carolina State University on Wednesday called for a university policy on hate crimes. The Racism and Hatred Incident Act, which was unanimously approved by the school’s student government, came less than a…
    Jon Sanders, November 15, 2007