Licensing

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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on the upcoming 75th anniversary of North Carolina’s right-to-work law. John Hood’s CJ Opinion urges policymakers to pursue occupational licensing reform.
    Mitch Kokai, September 6, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Donna King reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state House bill to join an interstate licensing agreement for mental health counselors. Mitch Kokai’s CJ Opinion rebuts false claims about the impact of proposed N.C. tax changes. Brian Balfour’s CJ Opinion highlights problems with government economic development…
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Andrew Dunn writes for Carolina Journal Online about N.C. towns that face financial insolvency. Joseph Coletti’s CJ Opinion explains why policymakers should focus on reducing structural barriers to work. Andy Taylor’s CJ Opinion asks whether President Biden can avoid deeper attacks on capitalism.
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2021
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    Turf Wars: Why NC Needs Bold Occupational Licensing Reform

    This issue is yet another obscure licensing turf war— and another indication that North Carolina needs to take bold action against its excessive occupational licensing. 
    Jon Sanders, May 13, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online about an omnibus bill targeting state alcohol regulations. A new CJ Opinion article explains how Democratic senators chose their political party over the Senate’s constitutional role in two recent cases. Jon Sanders’ CJ Opinion highlights the latest example of North…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2021
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    Dismantling Barriers To Economic Mobility in North Carolina

    Locke report identifies pathway to equal justice and opportunity RALEIGH — For every North Carolinian to thrive, we must clear the pathway blocked by entrenched and historic impediments that narrow opportunity and hinder the escape from poverty. A new John Locke Foundation report from researcher Joseph Coletti urges state…
    Donna Martinez, May 7, 2021
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    New favorite word: “deregathon” — what it means for occupational licensing

    Should the bill become law, cities could no longer create new local occupational licenses for handyman services.
    Jon Sanders, April 29, 2021
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    NC licensing board threatens drone photographer for illegal “land surveying”

    This kind of nonsense probably wouldn't happen so much if North Carolina learned from the state's stinging U.S. Supreme Court loss in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (2015).
    Jon Sanders, April 1, 2021