Economic Freedom

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    Giving North Carolinian’s more healthcare choices: Part 4

    Welcome to the fourth, and final, installment of my “healthcare freedom” blog series I have done this week. The inspiration came from a federal report that recommended reforms that states could make to increase choice, freedom, and competition in the healthcare sector. Each…
    Jordan Roberts, December 7, 2018
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    Giving North Carolinian’s more healthcare choices: Part 3

    Welcome to Part 3 of my “healthcare freedom” blog series this week. In this small series, I am reviewing a federal report on healthcare reform initiatives that the states can implement to encourage more freedom, competition, and choice into the health care sector.
    Jordan Roberts, December 6, 2018
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    Giving North Carolinian’s more healthcare choices: Part 2

    This is the second part of a four-part “healthcare freedom” series I am blogging this week. As I said in Part 1, this week I am going to discuss four issues raised by a federal report on healthcare…
    Jordan Roberts, December 5, 2018
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    Giving North Carolinian’s more healthcare choices: Part 1

    A new report from the federal government outlines recommendations for how to reform America’s health care system. Together, the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor layout state-level policies that can be reversed or changed to allow for more freedom, competition,…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2018
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    Forbes: Raleigh one of the best cities for business

    Forbes has released its 20th annual ranking for the “best places for business and careers” in America. For the third straight year, Raleigh remains in the second position, only behind Seattle. Forbes ranks the potential cities by measuring factors such as business and…
    Jordan Roberts, October 25, 2018
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    An Economic Freedom Index for U.S. Metropolitan Areas

    Dean Stansel of Florida Gulf Coast University created an economic freedom index and ranking for the nation’s 355 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and 29 metropolitan divisions.  (His article will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.)  To determine levels of economic freedom, Stansel examined…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2012
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    2012 ranking of economic freedom: USA slips another slot to 10th, further behind Canada

    The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal have just released their 2012 ranking of nations according to economic freedom, and here are the top ten: 1 Hong Kong; 2 Singapore; 3 Australia; 4 New Zealand; 5 Switzerland; 6 Canada; 7 Chile; 8 Mauritius; 9 Ireland; 10 United States. While still in there, the United States dropped one place from last year's 9th, and the nation continues to be further behind Canada, at least according to this index. The United States' ranking is also vulnerable, since Denmark, which came in at 11th, was behind by a razor-thin margin of 0.1 out of the potential 100 points. The researchers classify any nation with a score above 80 as "free," but only the top five nations managed that. Both the United States (76.3) and Canada (79.9) received classifications as "mostly free." While the United States remains the nation with the greatest degree of labor freedom, the other news is bleak, to say the least.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 12, 2012
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    New freedom ranking: North Carolina slipping but still admirable within national decline

    Of all American states and Canadian provinces, North Carolina is the 10th freest economically—9th within the United States. That’s according to the Fraser Institute‘s 2011 Economic Freedom of North America 90-page report, which assesses each political unit according to size of government expenditure, tax burden, and…
    Fergus Hodgson, December 20, 2011