Regulation (page 342)

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    A symbol of the fight over government overreach

    In the latest TIME, Michael Crowley scarcely disguises his disappointment — along with the disappointment of numerous left-of-center sources he quotes — that the Obama administration has yet to appoint Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren as the first director of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Though the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
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    Asking the wrong questions about the minimum wage

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek takes U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to task for suggesting in 2005 that eliminating the minimum wage “could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely.” The article focuses on the likely impact of the end of a government-mandated minimum wage on the official unemployment…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
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    Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

    Today the committee discussed several of the matters they are dealing with this year, which includes: –       Completing a report on the state retirement system by this fall –       Taking a look at the state motor vehicle fleet –       A follow-up on the original state aircraft report –       The examination of motor vehicle registration…
    Erin McBrayer, June 28, 2011
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    Government’s multiplier effect in action

    Regular readers in this forum — who’ve seen plenty of examples of the Obama administration’s anti-market tendencies — might appreciate the following blurb from the latest National Review: In a speech at Chrysler’s Toledo plant celebrating his administration’s “successful” bailout of the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2011
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    Regulation’s impact on capitalism

    Don’t believe the Locker Room’s frequent warnings that overregulation hurts the economy? Perhaps you’ll believe Jim Grant, founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, who offers the following quote “on the regulatory environment” for a Bloomberg Businessweek blurb: The trouble is not a…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details three school reform measures that cleared the General Assembly this year. John Hood’s Daily Journal warns about the dangers of unlicensed musical therapy.
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report documents legislative efforts to create new occupational licensing laws. John Hood’s Daily Journal describes a particularly “ludicrous” government meeting linked to proposed hospital expansions.
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2011
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    Wingate, Helms scholar sees a crossroads for markets and government policies

    The economic crisis has left the United States at a crossroads between policies that favor increased government intervention and those that allow for increased market freedom. That’s the theme Peter Frank pursued today during his presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Frank is the Jesse Helms Center’s Free…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2011