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    Better people, better contracts

    To some people, Bureaucratic Competence and Procurement Outcomes may sound like the first draft of a Dilbert punchline, but it’s actually a new working paper that considers how competence varies within government, even when quality is generally high with little variation. The authors find, if all federal bureaus…
    Joseph Coletti, January 16, 2018
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    North Carolina cities are among best performing

    The Milken Institute, an economic think tank out of California, has published their 2017 Best Performing Cities report, and Raleigh comes in #2 in the nation.  Other North Carolina cities also make the list, with Charlotte at #12, Wilmington at #35, and Asheville at #65. The report is limited…
    Julie Tisdale, January 16, 2018
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    Big Labor defends mandatory union membership

    Bill McMorris writes for the Washington Free Beacon about a legal filing he describes as “labor’s last stand.” One of the nation’s largest public sector unions defended mandatory unionism in a brief filed to the Supreme Court Friday. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council…
    Mitch Kokai, January 16, 2018
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    Changes to zoning in Wilmington

    Wilmington’s Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the city’s zoning ordinances on January 29th.  The proposed changes should be welcomed. They also reveal one of the major problems with zoning. The planning commission will be voting on 11 individual changes, and they’re mostly minor amendments to details…
    Julie Tisdale, January 15, 2018
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    Dinner table teachers produce successful entrepreneurs

    Researchers Hans K. Hvide and Paul Oyer published a fantastic National Bureau of Economic Research study, Dinner Table Human Capital and Entrepreneurship. Hvide and Oyer examine a sample of Norwegian entrepreneurs to compare “dinner table human capital (parental labor market experience) and aptitude (IQ) to entrepreneurial entry, sector choice,…
    Terry Stoops, January 15, 2018
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    Not getting the Toyota-Mazda plant wasn’t really a loss

    I know it’s not a popular position, but I was actually relieved to see that North Carolina didn’t win the Toyota-Mazda plant.  Why?  Because, according to the Commerce Secretary, North Carolina was prepared to offer $1.5 billion to get the company to locate here.  With the plant projected to…
    Julie Tisdale, January 11, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state lawmaker’s concerns about a courtroom battle between state licensing boards over a process called “dry needling.” Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina’s luxury brand doesn’t require government tax giveaways.
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2018
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    Toyota-Mazda to Alabama

    Sam Hieb has already covered the local angle on the decision to put a new Toyota-Mazda assembly plant near Huntsville, Alabama, instead of a North Carolina mega-site near Liberty, despite an all-out incentive offer on a location that was finally near the automotive corridor along I-85. The Alabama…
    Joseph Coletti, January 10, 2018