• John Locke Update

    Regulatory sandboxes: Test runs with lighter regulation for innovative products

    posted April 22, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Innovators move fast, but bureaucracies are slow, and regulations to protect consumers can make them worse off by protecting old ways from new products and services. Legislation would bring regulatory sandboxes to NC, which waive certain regulatory obstacles on a trial period for fast-emerging products and services, helping speed innovation in a way that benefits consumers and the economy.
  • John Locke Update

    Wait, why do we require so much training for barbers?

    posted June 17, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The News & Observer ran one of its occasional “fact checks” on a recent statement by former Democratic Sen. Floyd McKissick before the General Assembly. He said, while calling for…
  • John Locke Update

    Bill would bring universal license recognition to NC

    posted May 20, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Facing a coronavirus, 50 states and the District of Columbia rolled out 51 different plans with 51 different justifications that they’re based in science. North Carolinians are under one of…
  • Research Report

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

    posted November 5, 2015 by Paul Bachman, Michael Head, Frank Conte
    This report is an attempt to identify the scope and cost of regulations in the state of North Carolina. The state’s record is mixed in terms of regulatory burden. One prominent index ranks North Carolina fifth in the nation when it comes to business friendliness. In contrast, the John Locke Foundation’s “First in Freedom Index” ranks North Carolina 36th in “regulatory freedom.”

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