Local government

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    Does Excessive Housing Market Regulation Cause Homelessness?

    According to a working paper published by UC Berkley’s Institute of Business and Economic Research and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, the answer is, “Yes.” The paper, by Steven Raphael, is called, “Homelessness and housing market regulation.” From the abstract: I … present…
    Jon Guze, September 19, 2018
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    Carolina Journal: Virginia is a control state, but its model is friendly to that state’s distillers

    John Trump writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: For North Carolina’s distillers, getting their products into ABC stores is arduous and time-consuming. Distillers must first check all the boxes pertinent to federal and state laws. The state must then approve their products before distillers send those products to Raleigh…
    Anna Manning, September 17, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis of Carolina Journal Online interviews new state community college system president Peter Hans. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal ponders N.C. municipalities getting into the education business.
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the role Silent Sam might play in national free-speech debates. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights problems linked to government restrictions of consumer choice.
    Mitch Kokai, September 4, 2018
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    Disney gives back government subsidies

    Anaheim’s libertarian-leaning Mayor Tom Tait and unions supporting a $15 minimum wage seem to have unintentionally found a way to reduce targeted tax incentives. Disney asked the city council to end a “45-year moratorium on a gate tax and a $267 million economic assistance package for a new luxury…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    Suburbs have another reason to hate CMS

    On Tuesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) school board passed the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018.”  It is a stunningly brazen document.  As Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer explains, What the board did was pass the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018,” a measure that would effectively block future…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2018
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    Carolina Beach food truck lawsuit explored

    After you read Lindsay Marchello’s article about a new lawsuit challenging Carolina Beach’s food truck restrictions, check out the Institute for Justice’s video on the topic.
    Mitch Kokai, August 22, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on Wilson’s consideration of taxpayer-funded microtransit. John Hood’s Daily Journal contrasts the major parties’ approach to the size and scope of government.
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018