Could Orange County do anything to influence the world's climate, with or without resorting to higher taxes? Do the math; the answer is a clear no. But they can make things more expensive for residents.
Since the end of Prohibition, NC distilleries have faced a very restrictive regulatory environment, even more so than wineries and breweries. The good news is that relaxing these restrictions can bring about catch-up growth in the distillery industry here.
In two reports this year, the John Locke Foundation has made the case for modernizing and adopting a license model for liquor sales in North Carolina. That's the kind of model North Carolina already has for beer and wine.
Carolina Journal reported that NC went over the $1 billion mark in renewable energy investment tax credits for solar. Here's a tip: something that doesn't cost you much more as consumers but costs you a great deal as taxpayers costs you a great deal, period.
The governor, his administration, and Wake County commissioners' silence on this is very troubling. Public officials cannot conduct themselves as if they aren't accountable to the people, not in a free state.
That question leads to Dartmouth College economics professor Douglas Irwin’s “A Brief History of International Trade Policy,” which is well worth the read for anyone interested. It’s a topic that I’ve written about frequently during the presidency of Donald Trump. Some examples: Tariffs, like minimum wage hikes, are based…