Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 8)

  • 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
  • Can higher property taxes in Orange County save the planet?

    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.
    Jon Sanders, June 19, 2019
  • Reducing recidivism by giving rehabilitated offenders greater opportunities to work

    Here is why the changes House Bill 770 would make to how licensing boards treat applicants with conviction records are important.
    Jon Sanders, June 18, 2019
  • How boosting distilleries can boost local communities

    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.
    Jon Sanders, June 17, 2019