regulation

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    New York Town Seeks To Close The Door To New Restaurants

    It’s always fascinating when policymakers declare that you and I don’t “want” or “need” any more choices. Rather than allow marketplace competition to decide what we “want” or “need,” they think they know best. It’s happening in a New York town, which is considering banning new restaurants, as Baylen Linnekin…
    Donna Martinez, June 5, 2018
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    Banning Payments For Blood Plasma Donations? Canadian Provinces are Doing It.

    An interesting ethical and economic debate is playing out in Canada, where some provinces are banning — or seeking to ban — paid donations for blood plasma, as this piece at reason.com explores. Given this shortage, why are some Canadian ethicists, physicians, and legislators opposed to paying for plasma…
    Donna Martinez, January 25, 2018
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    Research: More Occupational Licensing = Less Interstate Migration

    Thanks to JLF board member Ted Hicks for pointing us Bloomberg, which summarizes a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research about the impact of forcing people to apply for and obtain a state license before they can earn a living in their chosen field and/or with…
    Donna Martinez, December 12, 2017
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    More Government Regulation For Bounce Houses?

    You’ve seen the bounce houses at birthday parties and amusement parks. While many see these as fun for the kids, some states view bounce houses as a safety hazard that should be regulated by the government. From Stateline: The estimated number of injuries on the attractions soared from…
    Donna Martinez, October 31, 2017
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    Carolina Journal: Lawmakers override Cooper’s veto of GenX, plastic bag ban bill

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on early action in the special legislative session. The General Assembly swiftly and easily voted Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56. The package of environmental law amendments diminishes counties’ monopoly on solid waste disposal sites and overturns what…
    Donna Martinez, October 4, 2017
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    109,350 Restrictions Equalling Roughly 8.7 Million Words

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on new data about North Carolina’s regulatory code that has been analyzed and released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. North Carolina has so many regulations it would take a dozen 40-hour weeks, reading 300 words per minute, to navigate the state…
    Donna Martinez, October 4, 2017
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    Mercatus: A Snapshot of North Carolina Regulation in 2017

    The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has quantified North Carolina’s regulatory burden — and it is huge. Remember, these are state-based regulations in addition to federal regulations. Just imagine the impact. State RegData also reveals that the NCAC contains 109,350 restrictions and roughly 8.7 million words. It would…
    Donna Martinez, October 3, 2017
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    When We Defend Property Rights, There’s an Economic Payoff

    John Hood writes today about the connection between property rights and economic vibrancy.  A new study posted at the National Bureau of Economic Research by Kyle Herkenhoff of the University of Minnesota, Lee Ohanian of UCLA, and Nobel Laureate Edward Prescott of the University of Arizona found that…
    Donna Martinez, September 27, 2017