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    What Would YOU Do If You Were Jasna Bukvic?

    “You shouldn’t need a license just to talk about makeup,” says Jasna Bukvic. With the help of the Institute for Justice, Jasna is suing the state of North Carolina, which says she must have one in order to teach people how to apply makeup. Watch Jasna describe the ridiculous…
    Donna Martinez, August 29, 2017
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    Want to help the poor? Let’s get radical.

    Doing something to help the poor should, at the very least, actually help the poor.
    Jon Sanders, August 18, 2017
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    “Today, more than 1 in 4 Americans need a license to legally perform their work”

    JLF’s Jon Sanders and Becki Gray have for years urged policymakers to rethink the idea of requiring licenses for certain occupations — dozens of them, in fact. Now President Trump’s Labor Secretary is taking up licensing reform as well. From the Daily Caller: “In 1950, only about 1 in 20…
    Donna Martinez, July 25, 2017
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    Seattle minimum wage boost reduced hours and jobs among low-skilled workers

    Researchers from the University of Washington have released another study on the impact of minimum wage increases in Seattle.  In an NBER study released today, Ekaterina Jardim and her colleagues write, Our preferred estimates suggest that the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance caused hours worked by low-skilled workers (i.e., those earning…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2017
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    The Wrong Entrepreneurship

    Robert Litan and Ian Hathaway began three years ago to examine why fewer new businesses are being created. Their first attempt to explain things in 2014 found that slowing population growth and business consolidation were the two main factors. They acknowledged policy differences could have independent roles and could also contribute to population…
    Joseph Coletti, June 13, 2017
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    Good For Wicked Weed, Writes CJ’s John Trump at Fee.org

    Published at fee.org, Carolina Journal Managing Editor John Trump gives his take on the backlash against Asheville-based Wicked Weed for selling the business to Anheuser-Busch InBev. He also discusses the larger point. We can let the free market reign or stunt growth through means both legal and legislative. In contrast…
    Donna Martinez, June 2, 2017
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    “They say there’s equitable treatment but there obviously isn’t.”

    The policy and legal battle over regulations impacting craft brewers is the subject of this recent Charlotte Observer story. Becki Gray, a senior vice president of the John Locke Foundation, a Raleigh-based conservative group that supports the craft brewers, said the Anheuser-Busch franchise agreement shows “that rhetoric that…
    Donna Martinez, May 30, 2017
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    You’re Invited: Tracing the History of Craft Spirits in North Carolina

    Bring your lunch and join us Monday at noon for a fascinating look at the craft spirit industry in North Carolina. John Trump – the author of “Still & Barrel” – will trace the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum. He’ll also talk about the almost 50 distilleries…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2017