Category: Government Reform

  • Senate Passes Reg Reform; House Version Up Next

    The state Senate on Monday approved its version of regulation reform on a mostly party-line 30-15 vote. The 2016 version of the Senate deregulation bill includes a provision that restricts agencies from imposing costly regulations that exceed thresholds set by the statute. Another provision would end the ban on…

  • Senate Committee Considers Repealing Certificate of Need

    State Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, said the state’s certificate-of-need law, a major regulatory barrier to reducing costs and competition in health care, would be repealed under a bill working its way through the Senate Health Care Committee. House Bill 161 “is very simple. All CON regulations with the state will…

  • New Regulation Reforms Focus on Cost, Accountability

    The 2016 edition of regulatory reform is beginning to emerge as both the House and the Senate piece together their respective versions, which focus on curtailing costly rules and making the process of imposing regulations more accountable to the public. “This effort here is to address unnecessary and over-burdensome regulations…

  • ‘Revenuers’ Remain A Problem for Family-Run Distilleries

    Three years ago, Robbie and Caroline Delaney quit their jobs to become full-time rum distillers. But while their Muddy River Distillery has done well, the couple pays 59 percent of their revenue in state and federal liquor taxes, and must comply with a long list of strict ABC rules —…

  • Achievement School District Measure Passes House, Heads To Senate

    By a 60-49 vote, the state House on Thursday passed a bill that would temporarily remove five of North Carolina’s lowest-performing public schools from their districts, placing them instead under the supervision of an Achievement School District that would allow charter-like flexibility and management. House Bill 1080, which was…

  • Achievement School District Bill Headed To House Floor

    After some debate, a bill that would allow five of North Carolina’s lowest-performing schools to be taken over by the state as part of a major rehabilitation effort passed on May 25 in the House Committee for K-12 Education. House Bill 1080,  Achievement School District, which was introduced last…

  • N.C. One of Many States Reviewing Occupational Licensing Rules

    A legislative proposal that would consolidate or eliminate licensing boards for more than a dozen occupations may be stalled until next year, but as legislators weigh public input on licensing rules, other states may serve as models for reforming occupational licensing provisions. The issue got the attention of the General…

  • Review process has scrapped more than 600 N.C. rules

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 679: Thanks largely to a recommendation from the John Locke Foundation, lawmakers adopted a process to review more than 21,000 state rules. The review will determine which rules ought to be scrapped because they’re outdated or ineffective. So far, more than 600 rules…

  • Keeping closer track of how well government programs work

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 679: North Carolina policymakers could get a better handle on how well government programs work by taking part in a project called Results First. John Turcotte, head of the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division, touted Results First during a recent presentation to lawmakers.

  • John Locke Foundation helps candidates prepare for November elections

    Tax reform, health care, and education spending were among the topics John Locke Foundation experts tackled during a Friday afternoon briefing for candidates preparing for November elections in North Carolina. Click play above to hear from Becki Gray, JLF vice president for outreach; Kory Swanson, president and CEO (starts at…