Regulation (page 298)

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    N.C. Appeals Court affirms Utilities Commission decision in dispute involving Charlotte-area utilities

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed the N.C. Utilities Commission’s decision to assign $3.3 million to some Cabarrus County water and sewer ratepayers as part of Charlotte’s annexation of an area known as the Cabarrus Woods Systems. Carolina Water Service of North Carolina challenged…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2013
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    An instance when Washington’s glacial pace would have been helpful

    Looking for another reason to fear Washington? Bloomberg Businessweek offers this one: The dreaded Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has exited “startup mode.” It has trained its staff, is redesigning its offices, and hosts internal “lunch and learn” sessions on work-life balance. It’s also ticking…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2013
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    I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that a big company supports regulations

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers us this shocker: Businesses usually vehemently oppose rules that raise their costs. But Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container-shipping company, says it’s willing to continue using low-sulfur fuel on container ships sailing from Hong Kong’s port to help curb the city’s…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2013
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    Thanks for going back to the lame action movies, Governator

    Those who lament Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to “acting” might rethink their criticism after reading the following excerpt from a new TIME magazine interview, which exposes the Governator’s misguided approach to climate policy. The pioneering cap-and-trade legislation you passed in California took effect this year.
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2013
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    Friday Interview: Small business advocate discusses regulatory reform

    In Carolina Journal Online’s Friday Interview, Gregg Thompson of the state’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business discusses a natonal campaign highlighting the effect of excessive regulations on small business owners. Read a transcript of his interview with Carolina Journal Radio here.
    Rick Henderson, January 11, 2013
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    The Impact of Obamacare

    Wondering about the impact that Obamacare is going to have on the economy?  Well, here’s yet another example of what we can expect from the new law.  A group of Wendy’s franchises in Nebraska is reducing the hours of 100 employees to 28 hours a week because the new Obamacare…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2013
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    Napolitano explores the links between guns and freedom

    As the John Locke Foundation prepares for its 23rd anniversary dinner, you might recall that Judge Andrew Napolitano delivered featured remarks at the 22nd anniversary event. Napolitano’s latest column at FoxNews.com focuses on the ties between guns and a free society. The right of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2013
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    Stossel examines the unintended consequences of government housing assistance

    John Stossel uses his latest column to expose another instance of a well-intentioned government program that went terribly awry. HUD wants to spend millions more to renew Section 8 housing vouchers that help poor people pay rent. The Section 8 program ballooned…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2013