Business (page 8)

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    Teacher pay raises

    I have been struggling to understand why Gov. Roy Cooper blamed business tax cuts as his reason to veto a bill for teacher pay raises after vetoing the bill that would have cut business taxes. His claim could have made sense in his veto of the original budget bill back…
    Joseph Coletti, November 21, 2019
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    Market-Made Mock Meats

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti published a research brief as part of our Thanksgiving 2019 series. Coletti’s piece focused on the influx of mock meats into the food market in recent years. Coletti writes: Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are the most notable entrants in the race to make a…
    Brenee Goforth, November 21, 2019
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    Impossible Whopper Wednesday

    As I hinted this morning, a few of us at the John Locke Foundation and Carolina Journal did participatory research and journalism this afternoon. We intended to compare Impossible Whoppers and regular Whoppers from Burger King. Instead we learned that orders on Uber Eats are sometimes canceled without notice after…
    Joseph Coletti, November 20, 2019
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    The Year of Two Thanksgivings

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the unintended consequences of changing the date of Thanksgiving in 1939. Sanders writes: As strange as this sounds to 21st-century ears, back then the Christmas shopping season didn’t start till after Thanksgiving…Since the calendar date of Thanksgiving changed while that of Christmas…
    Brenee Goforth, November 18, 2019
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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