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    In Asheville, the market is working

    This is why I love the market. Uber and Lyft introduced something new.  All of a sudden, consumers had an alternative to taxis, and given the success that these ride sharing services have had, it appears that consumers love the model.  Of course, the losers were taxi companies, and many…
    Julie Tisdale, November 16, 2017
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    Federal Trade Commission Cronyism Exposed

    If you want to find out how the movie industry has, in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, rigged the regulatory game against their up and coming competitors on platforms like YouTube, watch well known YouTube creator and consultant MatPat’s latest Film Theory. Note that in less than 2…
    Roy Cordato, October 16, 2017
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    WGHP Talks w/ Carolina Journal’s John Trump About His Book

    John Trump, Carolina Journal managing editor, discusses his book, Still and Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State, during an Oct. 9, 2017, report on WGHP (MyFox8). WATCH.
    Donna Martinez, October 10, 2017
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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