Policy Report

The Regulatory Burden in North Carolina: What Are the Costs?

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This report is an attempt to identify the scope and cost of regulations in the state of North Carolina in a manner more comprehensive than the surveys offered by business climate indices.  By these measures, North Carolina’s record is mixed in terms of regulatory burden depending on the measure used.  One prominent index ranks North Carolina fifth in the nation when it comes to business friendliness.   In contrast, the nascent Freedom in the 50 States measure ranks North Carolina 39th in terms of “occupational freedom.”  Also, the John Locke Foundation’s “First in Freedom Index” ranks North Carolina 36th in “regulatory freedom.”

The Regulatory Burden in North Carolina: What Are the Costs?

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