Category: Business and Regulations

  • State regulatory obstacles limit access to low-paying jobs

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 762: North Carolina sets up multiple regulatory obstacles for people trying to get jobs. A recent Institute for Justice report shows that this state places a higher-than-average number of barriers in place for people seeking low-paying jobs. Another report explains how licensing barriers…

  • Rebutting myths about free trade’s impact

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 762: Free trade has taken a hit in recent public policy debates. Bryan Riley, senior analyst in trade policy at the Heritage Foundation, explains why free trade continues to play an important role in American economic growth. Riley rebuts dubious claims about the…

  • N.C. governments seek to go 100 percent renewable; is it realistic?

    The town of Hillsborough and Orange County have turned the holy grail of environmentalism into official public policy. They want to transform into 100 percent renewable energy-powered communities.  But beyond the attention-grabbing headlines, and a 2050 deadline, details matter.  Would sprawling, utility-scale solar power plants be built, and…

  • About holidays, families, and country

    My oldest daughter is a single mom to three and a successful engineer in a top company. She understands the power of education and is fighting for the best opportunities for her children. My son and his wife, parents to my other two grandchildren, are conservationists, and we argue about the appropriate level of government intervention to…

  • Tax Foundation: Typical N.C. family gains nearly $600 from tax reform

    The tax reform legislation approved by Congress and sent to President Trump Wednesday makes sweeping reforms to the national tax landscape, but an influential Washington-based think tank says the new law should have minimal impact on North Carolina’s tax structure. It will, however, return more money to the…

  • Appeals court overrules decision to block Currituck solar farm

    A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously reversed a Superior Court ruling supporting Currituck County’s authority to block a solar farm. The ruling clears the way for property owner Currituck Sunshine Farm and solar developer Ecoplexus to pursue plans to build a 20 megawatt solar…

  • The Big Cat (allegedly) misbehaved; will N.C. taxpayers get the tab?

    Almost as shocking as the allegations of sexual and racial misconduct about Carolina Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson published Friday was the news Sunday night that the founding owner of the NFL franchise would sell it at season’s end. The club also announced Monday Richardson immediately would surrender daily management responsibilities.

  • UNC Board of Governors approves free speech policy

    The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a free speech policy that allows for termination of professors and expulsion of students. The policy, approved Dec. 15, outlines the kind of speech that isn’t protected, which includes unlawful harassment, true and credible threats, or…

  • Professor targets libertarians’ concerns about patent protection

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 761: Some libertarians object to American patent protections. They say patent laws thwart economic progress. Adam Mossoff, professor of law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, takes the exact opposite approach. Mossoff explained during a recent lecture at Duke University how…