Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 8)

  • Friends and neighbors: Distilleries depend on local consumers to survive

    When North Carolina places so many restrictions on distilleries trying to reach customers in their own state, it’s depriving them of their vital, natural consumer base.
    Jon Sanders, May 17, 2019
  • Trump’s trade war is based in bad economics

    There's no reason to think a trade war would make America greater. Now it even appears that the president has abandoned his position that the tariffs are a sure-fired economic winner, as he calls for "patriotic" sacrifice.
    Jon Sanders, May 17, 2019
  • Idaho’s regulatory reset

    Idaho is about to test what happens when the entire regulatory code sunsets and lawmakers have to bring back only the ones they need.
    Jon Sanders, May 16, 2019
  • Picking a side for hard cider to decide an excise tax rate

    A bill currently before the General Assembly, House Bill 995, would use the new federal definition of hard cider in order to tax it as beer instead of as unfortified wine.
    Jon Sanders, May 16, 2019
  • The environment’s getting cleaner, but we’re still hectored into thinking it’s getting worse

    Meanwhile, the U.S. quietly (with help from North Carolina) leads the world in emissions reductions. Why quietly? Good question.
    Jon Sanders, May 14, 2019
  • More deception by omission to promote film tax incentives

    Years ago I wrote about how "They probably expect you don’t know we didn’t have film incentives until 2005." That's still a problem, as illustrated by a recent WRAL piece discussing about the 1984 film "Firestarter" in the context of film incentives.
    Jon Sanders, May 13, 2019
  • Answering questions on a new way forward in alcohol policy

    North Carolina's Alcoholic Beverage Control system is extremely bureaucratic and highly regulated. My new report discusses the ramifications of this state government control over a legal product and considers an alternative system, licensing, already in use by the majority of states.
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2019
  • “Perhaps years hence” revisited again

    Back in 2013, the editors of The News & Observer were so adamant that Republican economic reforms would fail that they sneered that "Perhaps years hence, North Carolina will be thriving economically, and credit will belong to these stout Republicans who persevered…"
    Jon Sanders, May 9, 2019