by Joseph Coletti
Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies, John Locke Foundation
North Carolina ranks 18th in overall freedom for its citizens in a new Mercatus Center publication.
Some highlights from my perspective
North Carolina has the best asset-forfeiture laws in the land. It could improve them by putting the burden of proof on the government.
spirits taxes are quite onerous … a full standard deviation higher than average [Note: this could make privatization more difficult]
On regulation, labor laws are excellent, but occupational licensing needs to be rolled back (especially the elimination of licensing for acupuncturists, landscape contractors, cat and dog dealers, and athletic trainers).
eminent-domain reform has not gone far enough to be effective.