Category: Business and Regulations

  • Author Calls for New Strategy

    RALEIGH — North Carolina needs a new partnership between the state and local governments to restart its economic engines and facilitate growth, an author and investment advisor said Monday at a John Locke Foundation luncheon. There has been too much emphasis on business incentives for companies that do not reinvest…

  • Reviewing Government Regulators

    RALEIGH — Government regulations cost each typical American household about $8,000 a year, an EPA official said recently at a John Locke Foundation luncheon. In describing the value of reviewing the type and extent of government regulatory activities, Allen C. Basala, a senior economist with the Environmental Protection Agency's Center…

  • Easley’s North Carolina Nods Off

    One of oldest raps against North Carolina was its early 19th-century nickname, the "Rip van Winkle" state. Judging by the latest economic trends, we trying to re-acquire the label.

  • The Lung Association Gets It Wrong

    RALEIGH — As the American Lung Association prepares to release its annual State of the Air report Thursday, including county rankings that often receive significant media attention, a new study from the John Locke Foundation calls into question the usefulness of the ALA ranking system, particularly when applied to North…

  • Payday for Would-Be Regulators

    The latest from the "now you see it, now you don't" department of legislation is the revival of a local payday lending industry in NC -- two years after the General Assembly try to snuff it out.

  • Cheating, Ethical Violations Growing

    RALEIGH—Unethical behavior is rampant on college campuses and in society today, the director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University said Monday. A survey of college-bound seniors in 1998 revealed that many young people do not perceive cheating as a serious ethical problem. Many of them have taken…

  • Farm Policies Cost Families a Bundle

    RALEIGH — Agricultural subsidies cost an average American family of four about $200 a year, a UNC-CH doctoral candidate told an April 21 luncheon audience at the John Locke Foundation. While the United States differs from Europe in the implementation of farm policies, their effect is the same: less food…