Business (page 3)

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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
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    The Regulation Diet: How to Slim Down a State’s Regulatory Climate

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on North Carolina’s regulatory climate. Sanders examines the annual page count of the North Carolina Register for 2019 (pictured above). According to Sanders: This is a handy indicator of regulatory activity we have used for many years… Pages in the North…
    Brenee Goforth, September 19, 2019
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    Becki Gray Comments on ABC Privatization on After Spin!

    This week, an installment of NCSPIN’s “After SPIN!” featured JLF’s Becki Gray. Becki spoke with the show’s host, Tom Campbell, and president of Raleigh-based consulting firm Campaign Connections, Brad Crone, about the potential privatization of North Carolina’s alcohol sales. Gray was clearly in favor of privatization, commenting to Campbell: “I…
    Brenee Goforth, September 13, 2019
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    What does an inverted yield curve mean? Well, it depends

    You may have heard news about the yield curve inverting and that it portends a recession. But what is it, and what does it mean?
    Jon Sanders, September 6, 2019