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    North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control System

    posted February 15, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    Background Did you know that North Carolina used to be the nation’s leader in locally owned and operated distilleries? It’s true. In 1904 the state had 745 registered distilleries, 540…
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    The Special Interest Effect

    posted July 5, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    What do subsidies for “green” energy, mandated health insurance benefits, and quotas on imported sugar all have in common? Most obviously, all three policies generate a wealth transfer from the…
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    Direct Primary Care for Local Governments

    posted December 2, 2016 by Katherine Restrepo, Julie Tisdale
    Local governments across North Carolina, like other employers, are wrestling with the question of how to provide quality health care to their employees in a cost-effective manner. This is…
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    Hard to Swallow

    posted November 18, 2016
    The Cato Institute regularly publishes a report titled Freedom in the 50 States.1 According to the most recent edition, since 2010, North Carolina has improved substantially, advancing from 26th…
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    Introduction Letter – NC Overcriminaization Task Force

    posted November 19, 2015 by Jon Guze, Daren Bakst
    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.”
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    An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

    posted May 17, 2015 by Research Staff
    The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.
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    First in Freedom Index

    posted February 8, 2015 by Research Staff
    Overall, North Carolina ranks 23rd in the nation and 5th among the 12 states of the Southeast in freedom. North Carolina ranks 16th in fiscal freedom, 18th in educational freedom, 36th in regulatory freedom, and 46th in health care freedom.

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