Category Archives: Jobs and economy

Americans for Prosperity unveils NC Jobs Agenda

Americans for Prosperity unveiled today a new NC Jobs Agenda ( It focuses on “lower taxes and spending, energy policy reform, supply-side healthcare reform, and deregulation of private sector enterprise and investments,” according to an AFP news release. AFP national president Tim Phillips joined Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, AFP state directorContinue Reading

The folly of government efforts to promote exports

Daniel Ikenson writes at the “Cato At Liberty” blog about the flaws built into the design of the Export-Import Bank and other federal policies promoting exports. He delivered these words during testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. U.S. trade promotion agencies are in the business of promoting exports, notContinue Reading

Freer trade as an antidote to conflict

Former U.S. Treasury secretaries Henry Paulson and Robert Rubin offer an interesting perspective on U.S.-China relations in the latest issue of The Atlantic. The relationship between the United States and China involves cooperation and competition, but recently the latter has received more attention. Much of the mistrust between the two countries has its roots inContinue Reading

Potentially good news on forced unionization in Illinois

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a development that should please opponents of forced unionization. A federal judge will allow three Illinois government workers to challenge the state’s compulsory union system over the objections of powerful public sector unions. Judge Robert W. Gettleman ruled Tuesday that the public sector employees had standingContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Volvo’s recent decision to site a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina has helped spur increased interest in the future of targeted tax incentives in North Carolina. Roy Cordato makes the free-market case against incentives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses regulatory obstacles standing in the way of new charterContinue Reading

Saudi-led oil price war impacts N.C. offshore drilling

Saudi Arabia’s unwillingness to follow its longstanding policy of propping up oil prices means North Carolina might have to wait for offshore energy exploration. That’s the assessment of Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy and project leader of a group developing New Mexico’s state energy policy. Fine described aContinue Reading

Unions, franchise owners, and the latest in anti-market efforts

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon documents recent developments in a major labor union’s attacks on fast-food franchise owners. The SEIU has long targeted franchise establishments for unionization. However, the business model provides numerous obstacles for organizers: the workforce is often young and mobile and franchisees are generally small businessmen who pay fees toContinue Reading

Volvo Announces SC Manufacturing Plant

South Carolina is touting the success of their economic development incentives this week following a press release from Volvo, announcing a manufacturing plant just outside of Charleston. The plant is planned to draw investment upwards of $500 million and 2,000 jobs. SelectUSA heralds the plant as the first US manufacturing facility for Volvo, who sitesContinue Reading