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Value for Money?

I must confess to being a bit confused by this story about North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker’s visit to Craven County.  Evidently, Decker argued for an increase in the number of state employees and a new marketing campaign, both aimed at attracting more visitors and business to the state.  And then she said, “CurrentlyContinue Reading

Health Care Access

This morning, I saw a headline about the increase in walk-in clinics.  According to the article, some doctors are concerned.  These clinics, such as CVS Minute Clinic, don’t offer preventative care, and they don’t offer the same continuity of care that one receives when regularly seeing the same family doctor.  Or that’s the argument. ButContinue Reading

Michelle’s School Lunches

In yet another example of a failure of well-intentioned policy, Michelle Obama’s new school lunch guidelines are creating all sorts of unintended consequences.  Unintended, but not unforeseeable.  I mean, is anyone really all that surprised that kids don’t love healthier lunches so are purchasing fewer of them and throwing more away?  That shouldn’t exactly beContinue Reading

If it ain’t broke…

Finally, some sense on climate change! This week in the New York Post, there is a great opinion piece looking at the actual data around climate change – you know, stuff like warming trends, melting ice caps, rising sea levels.  These scientists note that:  According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warmingContinue Reading

Tax (un)Competitiveness

The Tax Foundation has a new report out today, and it’s not exactly great news for the US.  According to their International Tax Competitiveness Index for 2014, the US ranks 32nd out of 34 countries in the OECD. This is a group of the world’s most developed economies – most of Europe, North America, Australia,Continue Reading

The cost of July 4th

Thanks to Zero Hedge for this graph illustrating just how much more that burger you’ll likely grill tomorrow is going to cost you than it did last year, or the year before that, or the year before that…  Be sure to note their explanation of the asterisks. Blue is Greenspan unleashing his dot-com bubble rescueContinue Reading

Transparency for Charter Schools

This morning, I saw this headline. McCrory threatens veto of charter school bill over transparency… Being a big fan of both charter schools and transparency, I clicked through.  It turns out there’s a larger charter schools bill which includes a provision to “shield charter school teachers from publicly disclosing their names and salaries.”  We’re talkingContinue Reading

Where have all the jobs gone?

In today’s Daily Journal, the John Locke Foundation’s Roy Cordato talks about the devastating impact Seattle’s new $15/hour minimum wage will have on teenagers and low-skilled workers.  Yesterday, Andrew Puzder, CEO of the company that owns Hardee’s, talked about some of the exact same issues in the Wall Street Journal. His piece is worth readingContinue Reading

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