Property rights

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    Property rights and the Amazon fires

    Webb Beard explains at the Foundation for Economic Education’s website how property rights could help protect Amazon rainforest. According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), a unit of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, fires are up 80 percent this year compared to the same time period…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2019
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    State Department of Transportation hit by storm and state constitution

    North Carolina’s Department of Transportation announced it is reviewing up to 1,000 temporary and contract jobs for temporary layoffs, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Those positions are vulnerable, in part, because NCDOT has paid $675 million over the past three years responding to storm damage. Compensation for decades…
    Joseph Coletti, August 14, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Lawmakers need little time to secure major property-rights protection

    The repeal of the Map act flew through the General Assembly this year with unanimous votes in both chambers. According to JLF Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai, floor debate in the Senate lasted less than two minutes, and only one senator spoke about the repeal. Rarely anything goes through the…
    Brenee Goforth, June 28, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Two former Democratic state senators have added their names to the list of those who want to unseat Republican incumbent Thom Tillis in North Carolina’s 2020 U.S. Senate race. Rick Henderson analyzes the race’s latest developments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze assesses…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2019
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    Unbelievable!

    The FBI is using puppies–PUPPIES!–to foster public support for its civil asset forfeiture program: At the John Locke Foundation, we take a more hard-headed view of the program, see here and here. H/T: Legal Insurrection.
    Jon Guze, June 27, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on lawmakers’ last-ditch efforts to reform certificate-of-need rules this year. The Daily Journal highlights the importance of a recent vote to scrap North Carolina’s Map Act.
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 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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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A merger between Aetna and CVS could expand retail health care options in North Carolina and across the country. Meanwhile, a tool called Medibid is helping to connect doctors and patients through online auctions. Jordan Roberts discusses these health care innovations during the next edition of Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2019