Category Archives: Jobs and economy

Unionization costly to workers

Even if union activity leads to harm for the economy as a whole, unions lead to benefits for workers themselves, don’t they? Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner focuses on the portion of a recent study that questions that notion. Heavy unionization cost the average worker in Michigan about $11,000 over the last 50 years.Continue Reading

NCAE doubles down

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page:

Let the griping begin!

The NCAE and its members are not happy about the largest teacher pay raise in state history. Surprised?  I’m not. Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators Facebook page:  

Kudlow imagines an alternative universe in which the president supports business

Larry Kudlow asks readers of his latest column at the Daily Caller to use their imaginations. Just for once, wouldn’t it be great if President Obama actually defended American business, instead of attacking it? Just once? Wouldn’t it be great if Obama acknowledged that U.S. firms are overburdened by the highest corporate tax rate amongContinue Reading

Economist blogging on N.C. unemployment changes for NYT makes one good point, misses another

I’ll leave it to John Hood to respond to the data points used in a New York Times blog entry about North Carolina’s economic experience since the end of federal extended unemployment benefits (if John decides it’s worth the effort to correct the record again). I’m more interested in two other elements of University ofContinue Reading

Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ columnist tries his hand at the Krugman takedown game

Is there any new ground to be broken in tearing Paul Krugman‘s arguments apart? Gene Epstein tries in his latest “Economic Beat” column for Barron’s. Last week, I reported that the Congressional Budget Office’s recently released “2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook” warned “the fiscal ship of state is in danger of hitting an iceberg” (“New WarningContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. counties’ pursuit of sales-tax increases and the impact of pending state legislation. John Hood’s Daily Journal pokes holes in misguided statements about North Carolina’s jobs picture.

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Sarah Curry about gross domestic product in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers bad news to those who want to see higher taxes for passenger rail in the Triangle.