Regulation (page 294)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Wake County commissioners’ vote this week not to place a transit-related sales-tax hike on the November ballot. John Hood’s Daily Journal punctures the myths surrounding “smart growth.”…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2012
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    Heritage documents North Dakota’s fracking ‘miracle’

    The Heritage Foundation’s “Foundry” blog features this morning a new video highlighting the impact of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas in North Dakota. [T]he most striking takeaway for many who watch may well be the stark contrast between an electric local…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2012
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    EPA, UNC doctors face complaint over potential harm inflicted on test subjects

    Paul Chesser documents for the National Legal and Policy Center a complaint filed with the N.C. Medical Board in connection with Environmental Protection Agency tests that could have exposed test subjects to dangerous levels of air pollution. After experiments on humans were conducted that…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2012
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    A potential Baptist-bootlegger scenario with fracking

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers a good example of possible Baptist-bootlegger collusion that could lead to negative results for consumers. Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund discusses his efforts to work with the energy industry on a seven-member committee developing rules for fracking.
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2012
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    Here they go again

    Last week the North Carolina General Assembly undertook the reformation of occupational licensing for landscape and irrigation contractors in Senate Bills 405 and 447. Like all occupational licensing programs, these reforms will harm the state’s lagging economy by increasing the costs of these services, and wasting more tax dollars on…
    L. Monahan, June 18, 2012
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    Tackling the financial markets’ ‘malign hand’

    Students of economics know all about the concept of an “invisible hand” that ensures free-market processes lead to beneficial social results. Duke psychology, biology, and neurobiology professor John Staddon has identified a less beneficent force in financial markets. He labels that force the “malign hand,” and he blames it for…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2012
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    Obama’s oily politics

    Jim McTague devotes his latest Barron’s “D.C. Current” column to President Obama’s efforts to execute an about-face on oil and gas drilling. He’s scraping off his anti-oil war bonnet in advance of the election and taking credit at every campaign whistle-stop for increased U.S.
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2012
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    Small business regulatory group seeks answers from candidates for governor

    Earlier this week, a representative of the NFIB coalition Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations had a chance to ask both Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton about steps they would take to limit “unsensible” regulations from Washington and Raleigh. The question and responses are featured…
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2012