Regulation (page 297)

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    Another form of government stimulus

    At least one group likes the 2010 federal health care reform law. Bloomberg Businessweek explains that tax preparers are looking forward to Obamacare’s implementation. Ana Maria Costanza likes the Affordable Care Act—a lot. “I read the whole 900 pages,” the H&R Block (HRB) tax preparer exclaims…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2013
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    JLF president highlights key elements of ‘First In Freedom’ book

    North Carolina’s new Republican governor and its GOP-led General Assembly are considering major reforms this year in taxation, education, regulation, and other major policy issues. The John Locke Foundation offers some suggestions for those reform discussions in the new book First In Freedom: Transforming Ideas Into Consequences for…
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2013
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    Barron’s Donlan dissects the president’s minimum wage proposal

    Count Barron’s editorial page editor Thomas Donlan among the multiple critics of President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9. Nearly all Americans who work full time do not have to live in poverty; the Census Bureau says less…
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that the General Assembly could consider legislation to repeal North Carolina’s costly renewable energy mandate. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers two contrasting views of the North Carolina economy.
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2013
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The McCrory administration and the Republican-led General Assembly have plenty of options if they want to pursue reforms of North Carolina’s traditional district-run public schools and expansion of school choice alternatives. Terry Stoops explores those options in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders highlights the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2013
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    You might be a progressive if …

    … you think “red tape” is a bad thing that makes government rulemaking more difficult. My newsletter today discusses a HB 74, which would institute periodic review and expiration of North Carolina’s over 22,500 permanent administrative rules. As the Wilmington Star-News reports on the bill, But environmentalists…
    Jon Sanders, February 14, 2013
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    New at CJO: Senators consider fracking bill

    Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online about a state Senate bill that could lead to fracking permits in North Carolina as early as March 2015.
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2013
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    State of the Union & Education

    According to an Education Week’s article, President Obama’s speech tonight will touch on a few education issues. Obama’s trip to Georgia on Thursday to an early-childhood education program, and Susan Bumgarner, an early childhood educator, sitting with Michelle, are signs of policy proposals for early-childhood education. Some continue…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, February 12, 2013