Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 9)

  • Attn. NC policymakers: Montana just cut its PURPA rates by 40%

    If House Bill 589 passes, it would make important reforms to North Carolina's PURPA contract lengths and qualifying facility sizes — but it would not change how avoided-cost rates are set. Montana just showed it can be done.
    Jon Sanders, June 28, 2017
  • Changes in HB 589 before the Senate

    Version 4 takes a couple of small steps in the right direction in competitive procurement and adds sensible provisions on decommission and reclamation of solar projects and on a moratorium on new wind projects till further study.
    Jon Sanders, June 27, 2017
  • Seattle’s “moral” wage hurts poor workers, just as economics-based economics warned

    Bad consequences from Seattle's minimum wage increase are entirely consistent with mainstream economics, and completely opposite from the unschooled promises of politicians, media, and demagogues.
    Jon Sanders, June 26, 2017
  • A sensible amendment to HB 589

    Rep. Jimmy Dixon's (R-Duplin) amendment removed a section calling for a study of existing property tax exclusions for solar facilities and possible new ones for swine and poultry waste energy facilities.
    Jon Sanders, June 24, 2017
  • House Bill 589: Key takeaways

    House Bill 589 would be a major restructuring of energy policy in North Carolina. Here is an overview of select aspects of the bill.
    Jon Sanders, June 21, 2017
  • About our need for alternatives to licensing, how do other states treat music therapy?

    The vast majority of states don't think music therapy requires occupational licensing. There are several alternatives to licensing that address concerns with an industry without keeping people from their constitutional right to earn a living.
    Jon Sanders, June 21, 2017
  • Mercatus: Some people like rural living. It’s no surprise to our Julie Tisdale.

    Some people still choose rural life over urban amenities despite the existence of urban amenities. So trying to make public policies change their minds obviously won't work.
    Jon Sanders, June 19, 2017
  • Trump’s deregulation puts an end to federal Y2K prep

    Reagan observed that government programs are the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see. It took 17 years plus a president with deregulation on the agenda to end a program preparing the federal government to fight the Year 2000 bug.
    Jon Sanders, June 15, 2017