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    What North Carolina’s motto tells us about crafting state policies to help the poor

    Esse Quam Videri. To be rather than to seem. That's our motto. It means we prize being genuine, not fake; doing the job, not acting the part; striving for the truth, not being satisfied with looking like we have all the answers.
    Jon Sanders, August 21, 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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    Classical Liberals Conference Features JLF Experts

    John Locke Foundation experts offered perspective at the August gathering of Classical Liberals in the Carolinas (CLC). The group met in Winston-Salem for a three-day conference’s themed “The Future of Jobs: Obstacles and Opportunities in the Carolinas.” A panel discussion on occupational licensing featured three JLF researcher/analysts. Pictured left to…
    Donna Martinez, August 10, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Debate over liquor reform in N.C was never about alcohol

    Liquor reform in North Carolina was never about alcohol. What was it about? According to Carolina Journal editor John Trump’s most recent opinion piece, it was about “jobs, the economy, entrepreneurship, and the community.” Trump quotes Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, the sponsor of the latest reform bill, S.B. 290: “Once…
    Brenee Goforth, August 5, 2019
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    Manspreading prevention seating system

    Courtesy of the Daily Mail: The END of manspreading? University student fed up with ‘men infringing on her public space’ wins national design award for creating chair that restricts how they sit down…
    Terry Stoops, July 17, 2019
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    Baby Boomers Indicted

    In a previous blogpost, I cited Economist Lyman Stone’s American Enterprise Institute paper, Red, White, and Gray. In a summary published today at the Atlantic, Stone draws some harsh conclusions about my generation: The political ascendancy of the Boomers brought with it tightening control and…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Three Cheers for Country Time!

    ABC News reports: Country Time is doubling down on its campaign to save one of America’s favorite summer past times – children’s lemonade stands. The drink maker has been paying fines for kids across the country who have had their unpermitted stands shut down.
    Jon Guze, June 21, 2019
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    In Case You Missed It

    Monday was the birthday of one of America’s great inventors. Ruth Graves was born on June 17, 1903, and in 1938 she invented the chocolate chip cookie. From her biography on Wikipedia: In 1930, [Graves] and her husband bought … the Toll House Inn … [l]ocated about…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019