Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 4)

  • 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
  • Legalizing hemp requires an exemption from a strange tax

    The Farm Bill of 2019 would establish a state plan for the regulation, cultivation, and handling of hemp products. One of the steps necessary to do that requires exempting people from having to pay the Unauthorized Substances Tax. The what tax? Exactly.
    Jon Sanders, June 24, 2019
  • Local governments still don’t need to get in the broadband business

    Cross-subsidization, unfair competition, and taxpayers being on the hook for service costs were particularly bad problems leading to the Level Playing Field Law in 2011. But look what HB 431 would do.
    Jon Sanders, June 21, 2019
  • Highlights of the ‘Freedom to Work’ bill

    Being able to petition the board “at any time” is a particularly strong reform. For people whose conviction record would disqualify them from the license no matter what, being able to find out beforehand would save them a great deal of time and money, let alone heartbreak.
    Jon Sanders, June 20, 2019