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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
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    North Carolina law allows non-license disclosure in real estate

    Knowing that North Carolina law already provides a way for consumers to choose a non-licensed service professional in one area (real estate) ought to make it easier to expand that freedom in other licensed fields.
    Jon Sanders, August 15, 2019
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    What is Occupational License Consumer Choice?

    The key to the Occupational License Consumer Choice approach is something called a nonlicensed disclosure. With that, occupational licensing is no longer an entry regulation.
    Jon Sanders, August 12, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Bill granting provisional licenses to funeral directors closer to becoming law

    According to a recent story by Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello: A bill making it easier for someone to become a licensed funeral director has cleared the Senate… House Bill 554, or the Funeral Practice Licensure Technical Corrections bill, unanimously passed the House on April 25, but has changed since.
    Brenee Goforth, July 29, 2019
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    Licensing reform in the Keystone State

    James Sutton writes for National Review Online about Pennsylvania’s approach to occupational licensing reform. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has taken steps toward making it easier for low-skilled workers to enter the job market, releasing a proposal to eliminate state licensing for 13 jobs and streamline the process overall.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 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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    Let North Carolinians Get to Work!

    Getting an occupational license can be time-consuming and expensive. For instance, becoming a barber in North Carolina takes approximately 722 days (comprised of 1,528 hours of schooling, one year of experience and three exams), thousands of dollars in schooling and hundreds more in fees. And, according to JLF’s Jon…
    Brenee Goforth, June 21, 2019