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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online that Winston-Salem landed a major aircraft industry business without offering tax incentives. The Daily Journal uses a Louisiana case to remind readers about the value of the zero tax bracket.
    Mitch Kokai, April 23, 2019
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    French checks into Chick-fil-A controversy

    David French of National Review Online ties the latest Chick-fil-A controversy to a broader culture war. Every single time I grow even slightly more optimistic about the state of American polarization and the prospects for true American tolerance, I get disappointed. Every time I think that we could…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2019
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    Placing the Brexit bickering in context

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains that many pundits approach the Brexit debate from the wrong perspective. The great benefit of trade is the imports, not the exports — the politicians always get that wrong. You would think that the United Kingdom, with its proud history of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2019
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    Breaking the law without knowing it

    Dale Cox reminds us with a Federalist column that most of us break laws without ever knowing it. Government regulations affect every aspect of our lives, even though the pace of adding new regulations has decreased somewhat recently. In 2016, there were approximately 46,074 pages detailing federal law…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2019
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    Higher minimum wage, more crime

    A new working paper’s conclusions make sense if you believe the data that a higher minimum wage makes it harder to find low-skill jobs. The impact is significant Our results provide no evidence that minimum wage increases reduce crime. Instead, we find that raising the minimum wage increases…
    Joseph Coletti, March 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on the new deal struck between feuding N.C. craft brewers and beer distributors. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal ponders ways to increase health insurance coverage in North Carolina without expanding Medicaid.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    About that trade deficit

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s examines the latest reports about the American trade deficit. As for the U.S. trade deficit, its expansion has provided an irresistible gotcha for the media to deride the Trump administration’s intent to shrink the gap, despite increasing the budget deficit. As RDQ Economics’ John…
    Mitch Kokai, March 11, 2019
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    U.S. Labor Department and the franchise fight

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports a recent development in the fight over regulation of franchise businesses. The Department of Labor is weighing taking steps to roll back an Obama-era policy that targeted franchise businesses. In 2017 Labor Secretary Alex Acosta reversed a 2016 department interpretation…
    Mitch Kokai, March 8, 2019