Licensing

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    It’s hard to have a good debate about public education in North Carolina when people rely on false information about teacher pay and the impact of school choice on public school enrollment. Terry Stoops addresses some public education myths during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2020
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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019
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    Health care for the poor

    Keith Smith co-founded the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which describes itself as a “free market-loving, price-displaying, state-of-the-art, AAAHC accredited, doctor owned, multispecialty surgical facility in central OK.” In a recent interview, Smith advised “not to consider the poor in the aggregate.” They are individuals; and I believe that individuals…
    Joseph Coletti, November 22, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    Yet Another Study Showing that Occupational Licensing Laws Hurt workers and Consumers

    The paper is “A Welfare Analysis of Occupational Licensing in U.S. States” by Morris M. Kleiner & Evan J. Soltas. Here’s the abstract: We assess the welfare consequences of occupational licensing for workers and consumers. We estimate a model of labor market equilibrium in which…
    Jon Guze, October 22, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019
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    Ideas for a light, lean, sensible regulatory environment

    Since regulation is fraught with red tape and overregulation, both of which are harmful to job creation and the state's overall economic health, we favor a menu of reforms and good-government policies.
    Jon Sanders, August 28, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Fighting cronyism could boost N.C. freedom ranking

    This week, senior political analyst Mitch Kokai published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal. His piece focused on North Carolina’s ranking in the Cato Institute’s cronyism index. According to Kokai: The cronyism index “takes into account blatantly anti-competitive regulations,” according to the freedom rankings report. They include minimum markup laws…
    Brenee Goforth, August 20, 2019