Category: Government Reform

  • Overly aggressive N.C. licensing leads to negative economic impacts

    North Carolina has one of the nation’s most stringent occupational licensing regimes. That means this state erects more obstacles than most of its peers when it comes to allowing people to enter a chosen profession. This policy hits low-income and less educated residents the hardest. Jon Sanders, the John Locke…

  • Efforts to fight income inequality fall short of the mark

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 672: Barton College business professor John Bethune has studied the impact of wealth redistribution policies on income inequality. His findings might surprise those who want the government to assume a larger role in addressing inequality.

  • Happy 80th birthday, Walter Williams

    Renowned George Mason University economist Walter Williams marked his 80th birthday Thursday. In celebration, Carolina Journal Radio looks back to an interview conducted with Williams in February 2007. The topic: government’s proper role in society.

  • ‘Right To Try’ Advocates Urge Patient Education

    Advocates of North Carolina’s new “Right to Try” law — and similar ones in other states — are raising awareness of the law, which allows terminally ill patients who have exhausted other procedures the opportunity to try new drugs that gone through part but not all of the Food and…

  • N.C. lawmakers look at building up unemployment reserves

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 671: Now that North Carolina has paid back its $2.5 billion debt to the federal government for unemployment benefits, state lawmakers are trying to ensure the state has a large enough reserve to avoid building up a similar debt in the future.

  • Experts: Anonymous Speech Essential For Open Dialogue

    The Founding Fathers might have been unable to create the foundations of a new American nation had they operated in today’s climate of federal government harassment and intrusion into citizen privacy, a constitutional lawyer says. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say our Constitution probably never would have been…

  • Three GOP Challengers Hope To Be First Republican Insurance Commissioner

    North Carolina has never had a Republican insurance commissioner, but three candidates running in the GOP primary hope to change that — citing consumer welfare rather than their own ambitions as a reason for campaigning. The primary is a three-way race between state Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway coordinator Mike Causey,…

  • Republicans Daoud, LaPaglia Vow To Modernize Secretary of State Office

    In some election races, the candidates disagree about the greatest challenge facing the office they are seeking. That isn’t the case in the contest between A.J. Daoud and Michael LaPaglia, the two Republicans seeking to displace long-time Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Both LaPaglia and Daoud think that the secretary…

  • A Short Legislative Session Can Be An Effective One

    The 2016 legislative short session begins April 25. While continued uncertainty over congressional (and even legislative) district maps could cut into the General Assembly’s calendar, there are a number of moves our elected officials could make this year to highlight economic growth — fairer taxes, fewer barriers to building businesses,…