Regulation

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    Talking tough, acting smart on trade

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the Trump administration’s bark has not matched its bite when it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Donald Trump has gone squishy by stages on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he once called “the worst trade deal maybe…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    Change federal policies to help the economy grow

    John Cogan, Glenn Hubbard, John Taylor, and Kevin Warsh of the Hoover Institution believe changes in key federal policies could produce significant improvement in economic growth. Economic theory and historical experience indicate economic policies are the primary cause of both the productivity slowdown and the poorly…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    Bank deregulation on the way?

    William Cohan’s cover story in the latest Barron’s focuses on avoiding potential pitfalls while rolling back banking regulations. Regulatory relief for the country’s big banks may soon be on the way—and not a moment too soon. For seven years, the unintended consequences of the Wall Street Reform and…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    August session could bring NC a stronger red-tape reduction effort

    If the General Assembly takes up a reform of the state's sunset with periodic review that passed both chambers, it would bring more scrutiny of agency rules over time.
    Jon Sanders, July 20, 2017
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    Pink slips at the EPA?

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports good news for anyone concerned about regulatory overreach from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency has sent out more than 1,000 buy-out notices to its employees as Congress debates a $528 million budget cut, according to a…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2017
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    Criminalizing teen entrepreneurs

    Anthony Bradley explains in a Washington Examiner column how the nation’s capital is blocking urban teens from exercising entrepreneurial skills. On a hot and humid 88-degree summer day in Washington, D.C. in June, three teenagers were handcuffed and detained for selling water. Yes, water. The teens were not…
    Mitch Kokai, July 18, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Roy Cooper’s refusal to appoint members to a new statewide elections and ethics board is causing chaos for some local elections offices. Kari Travis interviews Gary Salamido of the N.C. Chamber about the group’s plan to open a new…
    Mitch Kokai, July 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports on the ongoing debate over mental health service management in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights new evidence that deregulation boosts economic growth.
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2017