Cronyism (page 9)

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    McCrory and unsustainable energy

    The previous two times the word “unsustainable” has been used on The Locker Room, it was in reference to (1) energy source whose supposed economic benefits would not be realized were it not for public subsidies and (2) the need for Republicans to differentiate themselves from Democrats by becoming…
    Jon Sanders, March 5, 2013
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    Locksmith licensing board already seeking broader power

    Well, that didn’t take long. Senate Bill 18 would outlaw possession of locksmithing tools by anyone unlicensed as a locksmith in North Carolina and triple the cost of getting that license, among other things. Oh, it would grant this new power: “Authorize the chair, by majority vote, to issue…
    Jon Sanders, January 31, 2013
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    NC Medical Board has illustrated my point rather well, unfortunately

    In my new Spotlight report on occupational licensing, “Guild By Association,” I examine among other things the primary justification of the boards; namely, that they are necessary for public safety. I discussed how the boards can also work to the detriment of public safety: The higher costs to obtain…
    Jon Sanders, January 30, 2013
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    Fantasy football and free-market economics

    EconomicFreedom.org takes a look at “Fantasy Football and Economic Freedom: Lessons to Learn.” It’s a nice piece, and it even references cronyism. To longtime readers of the Locker Room, the idea is quite familiar (as is the graph). We’ve discussed it in general. We’ve…
    Jon Sanders, October 26, 2012
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    Ohio loses 79 cents per dollar on film incentives

    And that estimate is under the generous assumption that no film activity would take place without the incentives. It’s also in keeping with research findings across the country, including Louisiana, that film incentives return mere pennies on the dollar of revenue spent. No doubt the Ohio…
    Jon Sanders, August 30, 2012
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    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Spot-on in the 0:53 mark.
    Jon Sanders, August 23, 2012
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    Even Louisiana media question film incentives

    An editorial from the Shreveport Times about Louisiana’s film incentives hits on some of the same criticisms I have of North Carolina’s film incentives: We all enjoy seeing the movie magic at work in our streets here in Shreveport-Bossier City. We welcome the occasional glimpse of film…
    Jon Sanders, August 16, 2012
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    Headline: Iron Man on Welfare?

    I participated in an interview with ComicBook.com on the subject of North Carolina’s film incentives, which coincidentally was published the same day as my Daily Journal column on the subject.
    Jon Sanders, August 9, 2012