Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 2)

  • Is keeping the franchise tax high really worth vetoing the budget?

    North Carolina is one of only 16 states in the U.S. with a franchise tax, which amounts to a double tax on corporate assets. That doesn't sound very good. It sounds worse the more you read about it.
    Jon Sanders, July 8, 2019
  • Do we still hold these truths as self-evident?

    The fulcrum of our independence is encapsulated in this sentence in our Declaration: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Do we still?
    Jon Sanders, July 3, 2019
  • Provisional licenses are now law in Pennsylvania

    The N.C. Board of Funeral Service opposes a bill that would allow for provisional licenses for funeral directors here. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the governor just signed a law allowing for provisional licenses across licensing boards.
    Jon Sanders, July 2, 2019
  • Why Gov. Cooper interrupted his busy schedule of giving state money to corporations

    A year ago we explained that "Gov. Cooper opposes tax cuts for corporations in general, not particular. It’s a fine distinction." Examples abound in even the past three months of press releases from the governor's office.
    Jon Sanders, July 1, 2019
  • A simple fix to make sunset with periodic review stronger

    Over 60 percent of rules are being automatically re-upped through a loophole in the periodic review process. HB 590 would close it and have all rules considered necessary go back through the rules adoption process.
    Jon Sanders, June 28, 2019
  • Energy inefficiency, illustrated

    Strata Solar, in its application to build a solar farm on Gov. Roy Cooper's Nash County property, disclosed that "Solar is an intermittent energy source, and therefore the maximum dependable capacity is 0 MW." For all practical purposes, what does that mean?
    Jon Sanders, June 27, 2019
  • The numbers on Germany’s Energiewende are not good

    Michael Shellenberger writes a compelling piece in Forbes about Germany's disastrous Energiewende results. They were, he argues, inevitable.
    Jon Sanders, June 26, 2019
  • Some takeaways on hemp in North Carolina

    The North Carolina Farm Bill would respond to the federal government's requirement for a plan to monitor and regulate hemp production in the state. Here are some things to know about the issue.
    Jon Sanders, June 26, 2019