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    Wine? Champagne? Beer? Bill would define hard cider and give it a tax cut

    That 7 percent threshold was hugely important for such an arbitrary cutoff. It was problematic for cideries for two reasons. One, cideries cannot perfectly control carbonation or alcohol content, but it’s normally between 5 and 8.5 percent. Two, producing a run with a little too much carbonation or alcohol content can result in enormous tax increases.
    Jon Sanders, May 20, 2019
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    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
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    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
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    The Voting Gender Gap

    Despite a media narrative that women are disadvantaged by a patriarchal society, women outperform men in a key exercise of freedom: voting. From Pew Research on voting trends: Both men and women turned out at record rates in the 2018 midterm election – mirroring historic turnout increases among…
    Donna Martinez, May 14, 2019
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    Modernizing our ABC system

    The John Locke Foundation has released my follow-up report on the need to modernize and free up our alcoholic beverage control system. It opens with a tale of two North Carolina entrepreneurs: Bob, a sweet potato farmer, and Amber, a distiller who makes rum.
    Jon Sanders, May 9, 2019
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    Daily Journal: From the Green New Deal to Venezuela: A million percent inflation and all

    JLF’s Roy Cordato writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: As the specifics — and many of the absurd objectives — of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal have come to light, the common refrain from Democrats who support it is that the plan is “aspirational.” In other words, they…
    Anna Manning, March 1, 2019
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    LATEST Spotlight Report: North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control System

    In the latest research spotlight report, John Locke Foundation’s Jon Sanders explains how North Carolina’s ABC system works and makes the case for why it should be modernized: Did you know that North Carolina used to be the nation’s leader in locally owned and operated distilleries? It’s true. In…
    Anna Manning, February 18, 2019
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    Martin Center column weighs costs, benefits of college for entrepreneurs

    Michael McGrady writes for the Martin Center about the calculations an entrepreneur should make about whether to attend college. Launching a business is always a risk. And for young entrepreneurs, their path to success isn’t clear. But the long-debated question of whether an individual should jump right into running…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2019