Archive: Mon Mar 2017

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    Focusing on local government priorities

    Most people expect local governments to pay for items such as police, fire protection, and basic infrastructure. But some local governments turn their attention to issues that have little to do with core government functions. Julie Tisdale, the John Locke Foundation’s city and county policy analyst, directed the following question…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2017
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    GSO-WS commuter rail still in the station

    A commuter rail line between N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro and Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem was big talk several years ago, but–what a coincidence—talk seemed to die when the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation had shall we say a financial setback. And we might not be hearing about…
    Sam Hieb, March 27, 2017
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    Charter school opponents on the attack

    N.C. Policy Watch reporter Billy Ball recently published a lengthy piece attacking former Charlotte mayor, charter school founder, and attorney Richard Vinroot for his one-page overview of charter school data and a few extemporaneous remarks about them.  According to the critics quoted in the story, one of Mr.
    Terry Stoops, March 27, 2017
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    Forbes ponders relative dearth of billionaires

    As his family magazine releases its latest compilation of the world’s billionaires, Steve Forbes asks why the ranks of the wealthy aren’t even larger. IF GOVERNMENTS, most especially the U.S.’, had pursued sensible monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies over the past 40 years, the number of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2017
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    Praise for the Freedom Caucus

    Reihan Salam doesn’t always agree with the U.S. House Freedom Caucus. In the case of the American Health Care Act, though, he’s offering the conservative group kudos. As far as [House Speaker Paul] Ryan and his allies are concerned, the HFC is a gang of reckless…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2017
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    Safe spaces and alternative bureaucracies

    Mitch Pearlstein writes at the Center of the American Experiment about a key source of the current college campus craziness. I’ve just read the most insightful essay I’ve ever seen on a key source of political correctness in American higher education and the intellectual and other…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2017
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    The minimum wage and employment

    Ben Gitis of the American Action Forum explores employment data in states that have raised their government-mandated minimum wage. At the beginning of January, 19 states increased their minimum wages. Twelve of the minimum wage increases were due to new laws and seven were annual inflation…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2017
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    Pivoting from health care to tax reform

    No health care deal? President Trump can turn his attention to another pressing federal government issue. Randall Forsyth of Barron’s recommends one. The assumption in Washington and Wall Street was that the AHCA’s failure is a defeat for the GOP. The opposition suggests this represents an…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2017