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    Emerging Ideas and the Sharing Economy

    posted February 4, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Technologies widely available on smartphones and over the internet have given rise to new marketplaces and platforms by which people can obtain and offer goods and services. Existing providers in…
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    Criminal Law Reform

    posted February 4, 2020 by Mike Schietzelt
    North Carolina’s criminal code is hardly a code at all. Crimes are scattered across more than 140 chapters of the General Statutes, thousands of pages of the administrative code, and…
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    Alcohol Policy

    posted February 3, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    North Carolina was once the nation’s leader in wine production and distilleries, legal industries killed off by state prohibition in 1908. In 1937, in response to the end of…
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    Eminent Domain

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Guze
    Updated as of January 2020. Eminent domain refers to the government’s power to take land from property owners who are unwilling to sell it voluntarily. The Takings Clause of the…
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    Public Transit

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    Updated as of January 2020. The most obvious fact about transportation in America in the 21st century is that people overwhelmingly prefer personal automobiles. Cars offer the greatest range of…
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    Connectivity and Broadband

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    Updated as of January 2020. One aspect of the economy that garners much attention in the urban/rural divide is internet service. More populous metropolitan areas have a greater range of…
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    Red Tape and Regulatory Reform

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    Updated as of January 2020. North Carolina’s regulatory environment has improved steadily in recent years. The General Assembly under Republican leadership has passed Regulatory Reform Acts regularly since 2011, preventing…
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    Asset Forfeiture

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Guze
    Updated as of January 2020. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that authorizes the confiscation of property suspected of having been used for, or derived from, criminal activity.
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    Transportation Planning

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Guze
    Updated as of January 2020. As the John Locke Foundation explained in a 2015 Spotlight report, transportation planning in North Carolina took a wrong turn in 1987 when the…
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    Bike Lanes

    posted May 13, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    Cities across the state have allocated millions of taxpayer dollars for bike lanes and bike share programs. Despite all the money being spent, bicycling remains an infrequent form of…

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