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Mitch Kokai

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Remembering the namesake of a new libertarian group

The Wall Street Journal profiles the Niskanen Center, a libertarian group “launched last year with the aim of influencing policy fights, not just authoring headline-grabbing proposals that go nowhere in Congress.” If the name “Niskanen” rings no bells, you might want to revisit Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv’s 2008 interview with the late Cato Institute chairman.

The real minimum wage? Try zero

Avik Roy explains for Forbes readers why politicians’ push to raise the government-mandated minimum wage would end up making more low-skilled people eligible for the real minimum wage of zero. Democrats haven’t been content with ObamaCare’s impact on part-time hourly workers. They’ve compounded the problem by leading a nationwide effort to increase the so-called minimumContinue Reading

Forbes columnist pans central banks’ current paths

Global economist David Malpass uses his latest Forbes column to take shots at central bank policies with negative long-term consequences. Lower oil prices and the stronger dollar would normally be a lopsided positive for the U.S. economy, as they were in the 1990s. However, under current circumstances the benefits are muted because the U.S. hasContinue Reading

Forbes attacks the bias toward higher taxes

One of Steve Forbes‘ latest contributions to Forbes magazine focuses on the need to address a congressional bias toward more taxes. ONE OF THE MAIN TASKS of the new Republican Congress will be to change fundamentally how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) evaluate the impact that changes inContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The UNC system’s Board of Governors made waves when it decided to make a change at the top of the system’s leadership team. Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy dissects the decision to replace UNC president Tom Ross for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato discusses the economicsContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features University of Texas at San Antonio professor Heywood Sanders’ discussion of his book Convention Center Follies. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal focuses on the tricky issue of police accountability.

Leef examines declining union membership for Forbes’ national audience

George Leef turns his attention to labor unions’ membership woes for his latest Forbes column. The latest figures on union membership from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the long decline has continued to the point where the percentage of Americans in unions is lower now than at any point in the last century.Continue Reading

Local grants would be better than N.C. tax credits for historic preservation

The McCrory administration and some N.C. lawmakers want to revisit the decision to allow state historic preservation tax credits to sunset. A new JLF report explains why that sunset made sense and why local grant programs would work better than state tax credits, if lawmakers want to pursue government support of historic preservation. Learn moreContinue Reading

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