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    The Regulation Diet: How to Slim Down a State’s Regulatory Climate

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on North Carolina’s regulatory climate. Sanders examines the annual page count of the North Carolina Register for 2019 (pictured above). According to Sanders: This is a handy indicator of regulatory activity we have used for many years… Pages in the North…
    Brenee Goforth, September 19, 2019
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    Becki Gray Comments on ABC Privatization on After Spin!

    This week, an installment of NCSPIN’s “After SPIN!” featured JLF’s Becki Gray. Becki spoke with the show’s host, Tom Campbell, and president of Raleigh-based consulting firm Campaign Connections, Brad Crone, about the potential privatization of North Carolina’s alcohol sales. Gray was clearly in favor of privatization, commenting to Campbell: “I…
    Brenee Goforth, September 13, 2019
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    What does an inverted yield curve mean? Well, it depends

    You may have heard news about the yield curve inverting and that it portends a recession. But what is it, and what does it mean?
    Jon Sanders, September 6, 2019
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    Natural Disaster Victims Seeking Shelter Will Find Fewer Options In Raleigh Next Year

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on Raleigh’s most recent restrictions on temporary rental in the city. According to Sanders: WTVD reports on a market innovation filling an obvious need during a natural emergency: where can thousands of temporarily displaced families find places to stay? In steps Airbnb…
    Brenee Goforth, September 5, 2019
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    Association Health Plans are About Choice

    This week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published a research brief focusing on Association Health Plans (AHPs). According to Roberts, these health plans have been receiving much attention since the passage of Senate Bill 86. Roberts writes: SB 86: Small Business Health Care Act… would provide new opportunities for small businesses…
    Brenee Goforth, August 21, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Fighting cronyism could boost N.C. freedom ranking

    This week, senior political analyst Mitch Kokai published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal. His piece focused on North Carolina’s ranking in the Cato Institute’s cronyism index. According to Kokai: The cronyism index “takes into account blatantly anti-competitive regulations,” according to the freedom rankings report. They include minimum markup laws…
    Brenee Goforth, August 20, 2019
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    North Carolina not alone: Most states miss the mark with internet sales tax collections

    For years, budget experts have forecast billions of dollars in new revenue if state could just get online retailers to collect sales taxes like their Main Street counterparts. The National Conference of State Legislatures projected North Carolina would raise $426 million a year. Since companies started collecting sales tax for…
    Joseph Coletti, August 19, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: N.C. sells liquor through 170 independent, political boards: What could go wrong?

    On Friday, Carolina Journal’s John Trump published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s government-run liquor business. Trump explains Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would alter the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. According to Trump: House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, languished in the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019