This past week was very unusual — the media talking heads were apoplectic that the U.S. had just started "war with Iran," while social media was replete with talk of "World War III." So why have retail gasoline prices been so calm?
Did you know there are also magic words that can make your power bill go up? They were just used in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between the Cooper administration, environmental groups, Duke Energy, and not ratepayers.
The research into economic development incentives is clear — and it's consistent with real-time results in North Carolina. What's also clear is that North Carolina needs a broader debate about corporate welfare.
"Sue and settle" is an illiberal tool used by outside pressure groups in cahoots with willing government agencies to bring about a regulatory change they know they could not get through proper political channels.
How can it be "unfair" and not "reasonable" to sock consumers with the cleanup costs in 2014, but add extra cleanup costs in 2020 and then it’s not a problem? Is the governor no longer "on the side of consumers"?
And they’ve done so without controversy. I wrote last fall about states finding success at reducing red tape, and Idaho was among the ones discussed (also Ohio, Virginia, and Rhode Island). Writing for Mercatus, James Broughel and Krista Chavez give an update on Idaho and tout it as…