Property rights (page 5)

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    A shaky foundation for a border wall

    John Fund of National Review Online questions one of President Trump’s recent pronouncements about his proposed border wall. Donald Trump spent much of his 2016 campaign railing against President Obama’s misuse of executive power, especially Obama’s decision to extend legal protection to underage children who were brought to…
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    In a special year-end edition of Carolina Journal Radio, we revisit some of the year’s most interesting interviews. Roy Cordato explains why Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez misuse the label “socialist.” Jordan Roberts discusses the history of certificate-of-need restrictions for medical providers.
    Mitch Kokai, December 28, 2018
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    Martin Center highlights universities’ questionable use of eminent domain

    Chris West writes for the Martin Center about universities’ use of eminent domain powers. Colleges tend to expand beyond their original missions by hiring more administrators and creating new programs. But they can also expand physically by exercising power usually reserved for state and federal governments. When that happens,…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2018
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    GoDurham buses losing money; but the train is coming

    Durham’s transit agency, GoDurham, is cutting routes and changing others as management tries to reduce a budget shortfall over the next five years. Plans for a  $2.47 billion light rail system to connect Durham and Chapel Hill continue to advance. How does that happen? The city started bus routes…
    Joseph Coletti, December 14, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018
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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