Category: Business and Regulations

  • Map Act victims still awaiting compensation from state

    A decision last year by the N.C. Supreme Court ordering the state to compensate fairly property owners who filed a lawsuit over the Map Act appeared to signal a win for all people living in planned highway corridors throughout North Carolina, most notably a proposed beltline around…

  • Future of free-market health reforms uncertain, experts say

    DURHAM — Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare leaves the fate of free-market health reforms unclear. Some analysts maintain faith the states have enough leeway to deregulate insurance markets even if Washington fails to act. Others are more skeptical, saying federal bureaucrats must make a…

  • Is the funeral business a dying industry?

    Walk through a cemetery and you notice a quiet, reverent hush.   Some graves and cemeteries are cared for with a meticulous touch, lush with the greenest grass and a sea of floral bouquets. Others are slightly overgrown and aged, yet they hold a serenity all their own.   Yet death isn’t…

  • N.C. ramps up film incentive program, bucking national trend

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 753: North Carolina lawmakers recently reopened the door for companies seeking state film incentives. Jon Sanders, the John Locke Foundation’s director of regulatory studies, explains why that decision means bad news for the state’s taxpayers.

  • Sugary incentives harmful to economic health 

    I’ve enjoyed following the drama surrounding location of Amazon’s second headquarters and, make no mistake, drama it certainly has been. Amazon probably missed an opportunity by simply issuing a request for proposal rather than turning it into a reality TV series available exclusively on Prime. Tucson tried to give Jeff Bezos a cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, offered to rename…