Business (page 7)

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    Biggest Obstacle for ABC Reform? Local Governments

    The News & Observer recently published an article predicting a proposed ABC reform bill will not pick up much traction. JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief examining the largest obstacle for any ABC reform legislation: local governments. Sanders writes: Ever since 1937, North Carolina has been a “control state”…
    Brenee Goforth, February 5, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The Medicaid expansion lobby is cranking up its campaign again now that Kansas has decided to move forward with expansion. Jordan Roberts assesses the potential impact of Kansas’ decision on North Carolina during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti analyzes North Carolina’s current system…
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2020
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    Mecklenburg ASC’s future with no sales tax bailout

    Mecklenburg voters soundly rejected a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike in November. The $50 million tax hike to bail out the Arts & Science Council would have delivered $22.5 million per year to the Arts and Science Council, $17 million to parks and greenways; $8 million to education; and $2.5…
    Joseph Coletti, January 17, 2020
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    Two North Carolina Cities Make the Top 15 for Jobs, Salaries, and Business

    CNBC reports: Though housing is scarce and wages are stagnant across the country, a lot of American cities are booming: They offer job opportunities, thriving businesses and an abundance of places to live. Personal finance site MagnifyMoney identified America’s biggest “boomtowns” by analyzing…
    Jon Guze, January 16, 2020
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    “The truly progressive position is to say people have a right to camp out and sleep in front of a store but not buy a bag of pretzels there.”

    That’s Walter Olson’s take on the left’s current campaign to shut down dollar stores. For a full discussion of this latest piece of progressive lunacy, see Unjust Deserts by Steven Malanga: Communities like Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Birmingham, and Georgia’s DeKalb County have passed restrictions on…
    Jon Guze, January 9, 2020
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    Economic Development Incentives Not Creating Jobs Promised

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders wrote a research brief examining a recently released WRAL report by Tyler Dukes. The report examined the number of jobs created from North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program and the One North Carolina (OneNC) fund from 2009 to 2016. Sanders summarizes the…
    Brenee Goforth, January 9, 2020
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    Clawback contracts are costly

    Governments like to use clawbacks, in which they provide a benefit but demand it back if some objective is not reached. North Carolina uses clawbacks for some tax incentives, but could not recover millions of dollars that had been paid to Dell Technologies when that company closed a plant…
    Joseph Coletti, January 6, 2020
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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019