JLF Research Archive
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Raise the Age?
A Win by Any Other Name?
Payday lenders are not a good option, and some people still need them
Actions Speak Louder than Words
North Carolina Has Always Been a Leader When It Comes to Asset Forfeiture, but That Doesn’t Mean We Have Nothing to Learn
Target exercises right it didn’t have under Charlotte Law
Cutting red tape would overwhelm any Bathroom Bill impacts
Has the Obama Administration Admitted Defeat in Its Latest Fight over the Contraceptive Mandate?
The Chamber seeks part-time temp help making a mockery of economics
Supreme Court Declines to Clarify Its “One Person, One Vote” Doctrine
The News & Observer's cruel plan for the poor
North Carolina’s Certificate Of Need Law: Diagnosing Dysfunction
The Criminalization of Speech, Continued
What to bear in mind when discussing occupational licensing reform
Missing Him (Justice Scalia) Already
Draft bill would herald more labor freedom in North Carolina
“Sixth Circuit Loses Patience with the IRS”
Model Resolution on Regulatory Overcriminalization
In the last two years, academics and scholars of public policy have identified North Carolina as a state with an overly
complex criminal code that can ensnare small businesses, farmers, and individuals who unknowingly fail to comply
with regulatory rules. In 2014, Professor Jeff Welty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government published an article
in the North Carolina Law Review, “Overcriminalization in North Carolina”; and James Copland and Isaac Gorodetski,
directors respectively of the Center for Legal Policy and the Center for State and Local Leadership at the Manhattan
Institute for Policy Research, published a primer, “Overcriminalizing the Old North State.”
This paper therefore proposes a state-based REINS Act as a key sunrise provision to prevent adding unnecessary and harmful regulations to the state’s regulatory burden. It describes aspects of a REINS Act for North Carolina.
This report is an attempt to identify the scope and cost of regulations in the state of North Carolina. The state’s record is mixed in terms of regulatory burden. One prominent index ranks North Carolina fifth in the nation when it comes to business friendliness. In contrast, the John Locke Foundation’s “First in Freedom Index” ranks North Carolina 36th in “regulatory freedom.”
What the healthcare industry needs is a strong dose of disruptive innovation — relaxing regulations that will increase provider competition, force downward pressure on costs, and enhance patient choice. CON ultimately picks who gets to compete within the health care sector. Reforming the law will by no means untangle the complexities of health care, but state lawmakers should capitalize on an opportunity to make one of the most highly regulated industries a little less heavy on the red tape and a little more patient friendly.
A transition away from licensure and into voluntary private certification would inject freedom and choice into the market for service professionals and into the labor market. It would pay dividends in terms of job creation particularly in low-income neighborhoods.
North Carolina passed a law during the 2014 legislative session taxing the liquid used in electronic cigarettes at an additional 5 cents per milliliter. This tax will hurt small businesses and violates the most important principle of good tax policy—neutrality. The North Carolina General Assembly should repeal the electronic cigarette tax.
Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.