Freedom

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    Can Ben Carson and YIMBYism spur more affordable housing?

    “The high cost of housing is an important factor in trapping millions of Americans in poverty,” Michael Tanner writes in National Review. “On average, Americans in the lowest third of incomes spend more than 40 percent of their income on housing, a number that rises to more than 50…
    Joseph Coletti, October 19, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Will Rierson reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Hometown Debate focusing on a proposed state constitutional amendment to lower the cap on North Carolina’s income tax rate. John Trump’s Daily Journal explains why suggestions to strengthen libel laws amount to efforts to stifle free speech.
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2018
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    Daily Journal: State’s fiscal health depends on more than just one politician

    Carolina Journal reported last week that North Carolina now holds a No. 9 ranking in the country for it’s fiscal health, from the free-market Mercatus Center at George Mason University. From John Locke Foundation’s Mitch Kokai: The overall ranking attracted attention from Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham,…
    Anna Manning, October 16, 2018
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    Better data and better ideas to improve economic mobility

    “Skill disparities, family dynamics, early childhood development and incarceration effects” are important factors in long-term income inequality left out of recent work that has garnered national headlines, write Nobel economist James Heckman and Archbridge Institute CEO Gonzalo Schwarz. They warn that incomplete assessments could lead to wrong prescriptions of…
    Joseph Coletti, October 10, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that none of the $57.8 million in “mitigation” money tied to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been paid yet to North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina should continue to pursue conservative reforms.
    Mitch Kokai, October 8, 2018
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    Another state joins the de-licensing revolution, bringing consumer choice with it

    With Gov. Susana Martinez's October 3 Executive Order, New Mexico has now solidly joined the de-licensing revolution. Martinez's EO contains several provisions that should all sound familiar to JLF readers.
    Jon Sanders, October 4, 2018
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    Carolina Journal: Report gives N.C. public universities high marks for protecting free speech

    From Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis: North Carolina universities have drastically improved First Amendment protections since 2010, a new report says. Public and private institutions across the state were graded poorly on free speech rights less than a decade ago, show data collected by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education…
    Anna Manning, September 21, 2018
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    Poll: 47% say political correctness used to silence political and social opponents

    If you believe as I do that free speech is under assault, you will find this Rasmussen survey data of likely U.S. voters very interesting. How do voters define political correctness? For 37%, it protects groups that have historically been discriminated against. But a plurality (47%) says political correctness…
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2018