Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 4)

  • The N&O editors still suffer from Rail Consensus Denial

    The editors of The News & Observer continue to demand rail transit. They still have no idea how bad, wasteful, and unworkable an idea that is for the Triangle. The occasion for their latest editorial, “The Triangle should regroup around a new regional transit plan,” is the publication of…
    Jon Sanders, November 13, 2019
  • The Virginia horror was once legal and was especially bad in North Carolina

    People are rightly horrified by this news out of Virginia that a doctor performed hysterectomies on women without their consent. But last century, forced involuntary sterilization was official state policy in Virginia, North Carolina, and other states.
    Jon Sanders, November 12, 2019
  • Occupational licensing a big impediment to NC being First in Freedom

    The Fraser Institute’s newly released report ranking states according to economic freedom has me thinking of what could be. Mitch Kokai discusses the findings, which gives us the relatively high ranking of 14th. Thing is, a state that boasts of being “First in Freedom” can’t be satisfied with second…
    Jon Sanders, November 7, 2019
  • Does the N&O need to accept outside money to produce puff pieces on the governor?

    It's hard to distinguish this reporting, such as it is, from a release from the governor's press office. The article takes at face value terms and assumptions used by the governor that ought to be challenged. It also misses several opportunities to provide additional context.
    Jon Sanders, November 6, 2019
  • Watch the governor’s pendulum swing on corporate tax cuts and giveaways

    In Governor Roy Cooper’s 2017 State of the State address, he took a strident position against corporate tax cuts and giveaways: “We cannot sacrifice education at the altar of even more corporate tax cuts or giveaways that are mostly for the wealthiest.” But as I asked earlier this year,…
    Jon Sanders, November 5, 2019
  • New research: getting rid of nuclear power costs lives

    Research shows this to be a stark choice: higher energy prices costs lives, and lower energy prices saves lives. Playing politics with energy prices plays with people's lives.
    Jon Sanders, October 29, 2019
  • Favor for PURPA reform from the Left

    Without reform, guess where things are particularly bad? North Carolina, where ratepayers face overpaying for electricity by roughly $1.25 billion.
    Jon Sanders, October 28, 2019
  • What the governor’s advisory council on film incentives really should do

    What should such an advisory council do? Preferably, play the role of servus publicus and keep reminding the governor, "Hominem te esse memento!" That is: Remember that you're mortal man.
    Jon Sanders, October 25, 2019