Category Archives: Jobs and economy

Cutting subsidies makes sense everywhere

My colleague Roy Cordato has written and spoken in recent weeks about the fall in gas prices and why it’s good news.  His basic argument is that petroleum is an input into virtually everything we buy, so not only do lower gas prices make it less costly to fill up our cars (leaving more moneyContinue Reading

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

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

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

One good labor-related idea from congressional GOP

Bill McMorris reports for the Washington Free Beacon that congressional Republicans are taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board. Senate Republicans hope to use their new majority to rein in President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and labor committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) introduced the NLRBContinue Reading

Remembering John Blundell

The British-based Institute of Economic Affairs honors today the late John Blundell, IEA’s director general from 1993 to 2009. He died last summer. Blundell assessed the legacy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a 2013 interview with Carolina Journal Radio/ Watch the full interview below.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. charter schools’ efforts to seek more equitable funding. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how the latest employment data bolster the case for N.C. conservatives’ fiscal and regulatory policies.