Category: Business and Regulations

  • The Growing Business of Garbage

    CHARLOTTE — Waste disposal is increasingly becoming a business, with garbage as a commodity. Often communities can dispose of their garbage at the lowest cost by shipping it long distances to large, regional waste disposal sites. To get better deals, producers of garbage are even banding together, to offer landfills…

  • Walter Williams on Trade, Politics

    George Mason University economist Walter Williams, a syndicated columnist and guest host on the “Rush Limbaugh program,” came to Raleigh recently to help kick off the creation of a new program that will provide leadership and citizenship training to North Carolinians. In an interview with Carolina Journal, Williams discussed politicians'…

  • No. 715: Regulatory Reform to Clean the Air and Lower Costs

    Some state governments, under influence from environmental pressure groups, have chosen to challenge the Bush administration's decision to make it easier for electric utility companies to undertake improvements and repairs at older coal-fired power plants. The decision will give utilities more leeway to upgrade and modernize equipment in ways that…

  • The Urge to Merge: A Splurge?

    An odd confluence of events Monday had several major corporations with North Carolina ties acquiring or merging with other companies. Some are crying foul -- of course.

  • No. 711: Privatized EMS in Critical Condition

    Marc Pickard is clearly frustrated as he explains why a man who suffered a stroke recently did not receive faster medical attention. Pickard is the training director for Convalescent Transport, a private ambulance company in Lenoir County. He notes that even though his company sits across the street from the…

  • Dole’s Gift to Easley

    Speaking to a meeting of municipal officials, Sen. Elizabeth Dole placed the blame for North Carolina economic woes on the Chinese currency. Gov. Easley eagerly agreed.

  • More on the Jobless Front

    A new study finds poor spending controls in the nation's unemployment insuranessnce system, wasting billions of dollars taxed from worker wages.