Archive: Carolina Cronyism

  • Repealing N.C. CON laws would cut costs, boost access, study says

    A typical North Carolina medical patient would save nearly $300 a year and have more competitive options for lower-cost treatment if outdated regulations didn’t exist, research shows. Matt Mitchell, a senior research fellow and director of the Project for the Study of American Capitalism at the…

  • MLS stadium plans for Charlotte, Raleigh about to flop?

    Soccer promoters in North Carolina’s two biggest cities have pursued public and private financing in their bids to build stadiums and attract major league clubs, but questions in Raleigh over a proposed stadium built on public land and hits to Charlotte’s public funding plan threaten to draw the…

  • N.C. State researchers say solar lobby silencing them

    Ron Heiniger just wanted to be a farmer. He encouraged research to avoid solar industry encroachment on North Carolina’s prime farmlands. But because of his academic study, the respected crop and soil scientist has become an unwilling poster child for anti-solar activists, vilified by the…

  • JLF: Special interest effect drives up cost of government

    Government is bigger and more expensive than it needs to be, thanks to an economic concept called the “special interest effect.” A recent John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains how the concept drives energy policy, health insurance mandates, and sugar subsidies. The report also suggests ways to fight negative consequences tied to…

  • Raleigh debate over short-term rentals continues

    It began with an anonymous complaint. It’s now a full-scale debate — about property rights, the free market, and, in fact, freedom of choice. Short-term rentals — Airbnbs, for example — have been banned in Raleigh for years, though enforcement of that ban has been lax as the city debates…

  • Did solar company obtain land for Terra Ceia farm legally? 

    Gertrude Respess claims Wilkinson Solar, and its parent company Invenergy Solar Development, took advantage of her dying husband Rhonda to obtain farmland last year for a large solar installation in Beaufort County. Gertrude’s attorney Mario Perez also says a notarized statement filed with the Beaufort County Register of Deeds…

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…