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    “Today, more than 1 in 4 Americans need a license to legally perform their work”

    JLF’s Jon Sanders and Becki Gray have for years urged policymakers to rethink the idea of requiring licenses for certain occupations — dozens of them, in fact. Now President Trump’s Labor Secretary is taking up licensing reform as well. From the Daily Caller: “In 1950, only about 1 in 20…
    Donna Martinez, July 25, 2017
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    Airports Face Competition From The Sharing Economy

    Competition breeds more choices and lower prices. And now the sharing economy — Uber and Lyft — has some airports struggling to react to consumers who are opting for something other than a traditional taxi. From Pew/Stateline: “Airport managers are just now coming to understand how this trend will…
    Donna Martinez, July 18, 2017
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    Local governments can step back

    Triad Business Journal ran a story today with the headline, Developer pushes agtech ‘mega campus’ forward in Research Triangle Park.  This is good news! I’ve written before about why it’s a bad idea for local governments to set up business parks or build industrial megasites or buy land…
    Julie Tisdale, July 6, 2017
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    What is a “Bottlenecker” and Why Should You Care?

    When business owners call for government to increase regulation of their own industry, they’re just looking out for their customers, right? Not necessarily. Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice, explains the why of the folks he details in his book, “Bottleneckers.” Watch Mitch Kokai talk with Dick Carpenter…
    Donna Martinez, July 6, 2017
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    National Review on the Amazon/Whole Foods deal

    The latest print edition of National Review features an interesting blurb about Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. Imagine explaining this in 1960: Whole Foods Market, a high-end grocery specializing in “organic” food and other rarefied tastes, has been acquired by the online clearinghouse Amazon, a ruthlessly efficient deliverer of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2017
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    Duke Professor Cites JLF In Discussion of Sports & The Left

    Duke University Professor Ed Tiryakian is an expert in corporate finance and sports economics. He also teamed up recently with JLF’s Jon Pritchett to discuss the impact of the Left on the sports industry — particularly ESPN. That presentation led to this interview with J.D. Hayworth on Watch…
    Donna Martinez, July 3, 2017
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    Cotton Mill Restoration Offers Lesson In Economic Development 

    JLF’s Julie Tisdale has been pointed with her criticism of Rocky Mount’s ill-conceived event center. Now she’s happy to learn about a cotton mill restoration project near Rocky Mount that is largely driven by private investment and led by private developers. Real all about it here.
    Donna Martinez, June 29, 2017
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    Capitalism Saves the Bees

    You’ve probably heard and read the many stories predicting doom because honeybees are dying out. Our friends at the American Enterprise Institute point out that’s really not the case. Why not? You can thank capitalism.  …
    Donna Martinez, June 21, 2017