Category: Business and Regulations

  • Easley, Basnight Manipulate Golden LEAF, Papers Show

    The Golden LEAF Foundation, which administers half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement, claims to operate independent of political persuasion. But documents obtained by Carolina Journal suggest that Gov. Mike Easley and N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight wield significant influence over the nonprofit foundation, reports…

  • Study Finds No Ozone-Asthma Link

    There is no link between ground-level ozone, or “smog,” and asthma among children, according to a new study by Dr. Roy Cordato of the John Locke Foundation. He cautions policymakers and the news media to “check the facts” before coming to conclusions about scientific issues.

  • N.C. Investors Look Elsewhere

    New data from the Secretary of State's office suggests that North Carolina investors are looking to other states for places to risk their venture capital, suggesting that adverse tax and regulatory policies are hampering our state's entrepreneurial climate.

  • N.C. Investors Look Elsewhere

    New data from the Secretary of State's office suggests that North Carolina investors are looking to other states for places to risk their venture capital, suggesting that adverse tax and regulatory policies are hampering our state's entrepreneurial climate.

  • More on Economic Diversity

    New research provides empirical support for an earlier column about North Carolina’s dangerous reliance on a few key industries. The state ranks low (8th out of 11 Southern states) in the diversity of its industrial base.

  • City Planning and Property Rights

    Governments tend to move inexorably toward more regulation, and this has certainly been true in the field of state and local regulation of development and building. Some rules are necessary, but the burden should be on government to justify any infringements on property rights on strict constitutional grounds.