Regulation

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    How to reinvolve the legislature when agencies want costly rules

    Such debate from their elected representatives over a potential major change is exactly what people should be able to expect.
    Jon Sanders, April 9, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online that the General Assembly is considering adding right-to-work protections to the N.C. Constitution. One CJ Opinion piece explains how the N.C. Senate’s proposed income tax cut would benefit everyone, especially those at the lower end of the income scale. Ray Nothstine’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2021
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    Unions like Biden’s infrastructure plan

    Graham Piro of the Washington Free Beacon reports on labor unions’ response to the president’s bloated infrastructure package. President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal includes a major union handout that would overhaul labor law in the United States. The White House released a fact sheet Wednesday detailing Biden’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2021
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    NC licensing board threatens drone photographer for illegal “land surveying”

    This kind of nonsense probably wouldn't happen so much if North Carolina learned from the state's stinging U.S. Supreme Court loss in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (2015).
    Jon Sanders, April 1, 2021
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    The free market can tackle the need for affordable housing

    This week, Locke’s Jon Sanders participated in a Davidson College virtual forum that brought together diverse views on how to address the need for affordable housing. Jon advocated for new and fresh thinking, including allowing the free market to work.   Jon also discussed further the concept of…
    Donna Martinez, April 1, 2021
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    Vaccine passports raise red flags, prompt ‘Front Row’ debate

    Those of you concerned about vaccine passports might be interested in recent discussion about the issue on PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.” The panel starts discussing the issue about 9:40 into the program. (I chime in about 11:00 into the video.) The idea has sparked an…
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2021
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    The fight for workers’ rights in NC has been hard won

    On March 18th, North Carolina celebrated 74 years of critical workers’ rights laws. Among other things, these laws protect North Carolinians from forced union membership. Unions are oftentimes shamelessly political, and protecting workers from being required to pay dues into a union that will donate to politicians they disagree with is a…
    Brooke Medina, March 26, 2021
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    When CEOs propose regulations, results are often bad

    Editors at the Washington Examiner explain why voters and consumers should beware of corporate CEOs who propose new government regulations. We’ve seen this play before. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants Congress to regulate him. … This will undoubtedly surprise some lawmakers and many reporters who cling to the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2021