Regulation

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    The Regulation Diet: How to Slim Down a State’s Regulatory Climate

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on North Carolina’s regulatory climate. Sanders examines the annual page count of the North Carolina Register for 2019 (pictured above). According to Sanders: This is a handy indicator of regulatory activity we have used for many years… Pages in the North…
    Brenee Goforth, September 19, 2019
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    Unintended consequences of California rent control

    Chuck DeVore writes for Forbes about the likely impact of California’s latest rent-control regime. The main reason why California’s poverty rate has remained stubbornly high—proportionately 13% higher than Mississippi’s 16.1% and 26% higher than arch-rival Texas’ 14.4%—is that California’s housing costs have remained among the highest in the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina took another step toward cleaning up the state’s criminal code with the recent approval of Senate Bill 584. Mike Schietzelt explains the significance of the latest legislation for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the potential significance of the recently enacted…
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2019
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    National Review labels Warren ‘daft’ on fracking

    Editors at National Review Online are no fans of Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren‘s stance on fracking. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises that if she is elected president, she will issue an immediate unilateral prohibition — based on some presidential power that she’ll invent as soon as…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2019
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    Lowering regulatory barriers to help address doctor shortage

    Jeffrey Singer writes for the “Cato at Liberty” blog about steps that could help deal with a projected doctor shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a severe physician shortage by the year 2032, particularly in the primary care fields, as the population of patients as well…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal that the Cooper administration’s stance on renewable-energy tax credits could lead to higher N.C. life insurance premiums. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges lawmakers to enact long-term redistricting reform as they follow a court order to redraw current election maps.
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2019
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    Things could always be worse!

    Last week, CTV reported that, “The Federal Court has ordered Air Canada to pay a total of $21,000 to two francophones for repeated violations of their language rights including seatbelts on which the instruction to “lift” the buckle was marked only in English.” From the CTV story: Michel Thibodeau…
    Jon Guze, September 6, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on stagnant N.C. public school reading schools. John Trump’s Daily Journal examines statements from defenders of the state alcohol regulation system.
    Mitch Kokai, September 6, 2019