Tag:mercatus center

  • Mercatus report highlights state-level maze of rules

    North Carolina has so many regulations it would take a dozen 40-hour weeks, reading 300 words per minute, to navigate the state administrative code, researchers say. The code contains 109,350 restrictions and some 8.7 million words. The most restrictive regulations involve utilities. Nursing and residential care…

  • State reformers moving to sweep away bureaucratic tangle

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — President Trump has a strong agenda to cut the red tape restraining the economy, but like officials at the state level he faces an army of entrenched opponents. Government rules affecting nearly every economic aspect of daily life are written and enforced…

  • Mercatus: N.C. No. 15 nationally in fiscal health

    A new report ranking states’ fiscal health puts North Carolina 15th nationally, highlighting the Tar Heel State’s strong revenue and solid pension funding. The report, published July 11 by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, measured changes in the state’s financial stability from 2013 to 2015. The state moved up six slots, from 21st…

  • Hospitals ready to use political clout to preserve certificate of need

    The battle to preserve the state’s certificate-of-need laws is about to get personal. A newly formed political organization, connected with the North Carolina Hospital Association, seems poised to target elected officials who oppose CON laws, which require a state bureaucracy to approve new free-standing ambulatory…

  • Certificate of need may be on the chopping block, again

    Sen. Ralph Hise doesn’t take no for an answer. The Mitchell County Republican was close last year but unsuccessful pushing a bill to eliminate the state’s archaic certificate-of-need system, which limits competition in health care through tight restrictions. He vowed to take another…

  • National analysts praise N.C. regulatory reforms

    North Carolina was lauded for “impressive reforms” curtailing its regulatory burdens on businesses and individuals, and national policy analysts discussed methods of further reducing costly restrictions during a June 22 teleconference call. “North Carolina has been a model for a lot of things,” said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs…

  • Study: N.C. ranks 21st nationally in fiscal health

    While North Carolina’s fiscal health has seen marked improvement over the last three years, a recent study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows the state faces worrisome long-term obligations. The Tar Heel State ranks 21st when compared with all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and gets…