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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online that the process for redrawing North Carolina’s congressional map could mirror the process used recently for legislative districts. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal critiques wealth taxes, including North Carolina’s business franchise tax.
    Mitch Kokai, October 31, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    Improving Health Care Price Transparency with Self-Insurance

    This week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published a research brief on the potential for self-insured employers to increase price transparency in health care. According to Roberts: As of 2018, 55.1 percent of Americans had employer-sponsored coverage. Yet, these employers and employees have had to grapple with rising health care costs…
    Brenee Goforth, October 25, 2019
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    Cooper: Let’s help small businesses. Not by tax cuts, but by hoping my cronies do business with them

    Gov. Cooper's office wants to justify direct handouts ("grants") and tax cuts ("tax incentives") to just one industry — film productions — because they'd patronize small businesses in North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, October 24, 2019
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    US soda taxes do little outside Philadelphia

    John Cawley and David Frisvold have become the leading authorities on soda taxes. In their current working paper with David Jones, they compare results in Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Philadelphia’s tax “decreased purchases by 27.7 percent,” but the authors “do not find impacts of the taxes in the…
    Joseph Coletti, October 21, 2019
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    $15 Minimum Wage Is Hitting NYC Restaurants Hard!

    “Unexpectedly!” From a recent Catalyst article: Minimum wage hikes are bringing unintended consequences to the Big Apple. They’re especially pronounced on the Upper West Side, where a neighborhood staple recently shuttered its doors due to the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage. At the end of September,…
    Jon Guze, October 16, 2019
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    Run government like a business? Williamson says no

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online questions an old saying that links government and business. One enduring thing of value that ought to come out of the Trump administration — ought, but apparently won’t — would be to finally drive a stake into the heart of these deathless…
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Uncertain policy has economic cost

    This week, syndicated columnist John Hood published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal on the economic costs of such uncertain policy. Hood writes: [T]here is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that the uncertainty of economic policy is itself harmful to the economy. When people can’t predict with at least…
    Brenee Goforth, September 23, 2019