Property rights

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    Can Ben Carson and YIMBYism spur more affordable housing?

    “The high cost of housing is an important factor in trapping millions of Americans in poverty,” Michael Tanner writes in National Review. “On average, Americans in the lowest third of incomes spend more than 40 percent of their income on housing, a number that rises to more than 50…
    Joseph Coletti, October 19, 2018
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    Favoring a missing frog over private property rights

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller discusses one of the first controversial cases of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term. The Trump administration will defend before the U.S. Supreme Court an Obama-era decision to effectively take control of roughly 1,500 acres of private property in the name of…
    Mitch Kokai, October 2, 2018
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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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    Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018
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    Amazon incentives in perspective

    Amazon’s recent announcement of a distribution center in Garner is one of thirteen so far this year, with more likely to be announced in the coming weeks and months ahead, joining locations in Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington. Incentive offers have differed from place to place, which suggests the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 17, 2018
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    If this is what people think of capitalism, no wonder they want something else

    Michael Tomasky, editor of the journal Democracy, has advice for those who would like fewer socialists. “Stop creating them.” Tomasky outlines a number of ways that cronies in government and business have helped one another without doing much good for the rest of society. Free market supporters from…
    Joseph Coletti, August 7, 2018
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    Eminent Domain Reform Wins Unanimous Approval in U.S. House

    Thirteen years ago, in Kelo v. City of New London, the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the country by upholding the City of New London’s use of eminent domain to seize working class citizens’ homes and give the land to a private corporation for “high-end” commercial development. In response to…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State lawmakers voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of their $23.9 billion General Fund budget for 2018-19. Becki Gray analyzes the budget for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze explains how a federal process called “equitable sharing” thwarts North Carolina’s protections against civil…
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2018