Category: Business and Regulations

  • On “Fat-Finger Dialing”

    Carolina Journal's Paul Chesser has some modest proposals for the next steps North Carolina can take to protect itself from predatory telecom and meat peddlers.

  • Striking a Welcome Blow for Property Rights

    The NC House has tentatively passed a bill to protect property owners against local governments that seek to remove their buildings or signs without compensating them. It's a welcome application of constitutional principle.

  • Why the Econ-Pundits Got It Wrong

    RALEIGH — Well-publicized forecasts of the catastrophic American deflation of 2002, trumpeted by such headlines as “The Deflation Monster Lives” and “Why We Should Fear Deflation,” never materialized, a Pace University economist said at a John Locke Foundation luncheon Friday. Austrian-school economist Joseph T. Salerno refuted the many myths about…

  • NCSU Professor Discounts Deficits

    RALEIGH -- Government deficits, often given profuse media attention, are actually less important to the overall economy than spending and taxing patterns, an economics professor said Monday at a John Locke Foundation luncheon. John J. Seater, N.C. State professor of macroeconomics and monetary economics, explained that the type and amount…

  • Study Calls for Audit of Commerce Dept.

    RALEIGH -- Researchers from the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill released a report last week ordered by the legislature in September after some of them had questioned the value of the seven regional economic development partnerships in the state. One recommendation: audit the NC Department of Commerce.

  • Many Communities See High Electric Bills

    KINSTON – Electrical customers in North Carolina served by city-owned electric utilities commonly grouped under the association name of ElectriCities have experienced steep increases in their bills in recent months. In Kinston, for example, rates went up three times in 2002 for a total 10 percent increase. Given the financial…