• John Locke Update

    Electricity policy in the post-COVID economy

    posted May 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Energy poverty is a serious issue. Research shows that higher energy prices cost lives. The U.S. Energy Information Agency showed in 2018 that one in three families struggled…
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    Coal-ash settlement: Why did they all agree to it?

    posted January 27, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Several questions surround the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), several “Community Groups,” Duke Energy, and not electricity consumers. The agreement…
  • John Locke Update

    Why Aren’t We Benefitting From Falling Costs of Solar?

    posted December 17, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    It’s a feature in reporting about solar energy to discuss how dramatically its costs have declined. That tends to be misleading because solar is a completely unreliable resource on its…
  • John Locke Update

    PURPA Rules Change Could Help Electricity Consumers

    posted December 9, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    A pending major federal rule change could create a positive change for people’s electricity bills. That could be good news, especially for North Carolinians. This fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory…
  • John Locke Update

    Interest Rates Should Be Set by the Market, Not the Fed

    posted December 2, 2019 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    If asked who sets interest rates in for the economy, most of us would answer that the Federal Reserve (the Fed) does. In other words, a government-created central authority “sets”…
  • John Locke Update

    How Do Tax Cuts Spur Economic Growth?

    posted September 17, 2019 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    It is widely believed, with plenty of evidence to support the hypothesis, that tax cuts spur economic growth. Over the past six decades, tax cut legislation has been implemented by…
  • John Locke Update

    Trump Administration Strengthens Health Savings Accounts

    posted September 3, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    Health care legislation or health care reform often consists of new regulations or new restrictions on what a patient can do or how they access care. Whenever health care reform…
  • John Locke Update

    Tariffs: Donald Trump’s Sin Taxes

    posted December 13, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Question: When is it acceptable for a Republican president to openly brag about liking taxes? Answer: When the taxes are directed toward American consumers and are called tariffs. Last week,…
  • John Locke Update

    Time to Bury Regulations that Impede Funeral Directors

    posted October 4, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    Funeral director is not exactly the kind of enterprise someone is prepared to comparison-shop for, but still, as with other services, the more options, the better for consumers. They’re more…

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