Economic development

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    This Is Your Country on Socialism

    Keep your eye on Venezuela! Evolución 1990-2019 del PIB per cápita en Sudamérica a Paridad de Poder de Compra (PPP), dólares de 2011. pic.twitter.com/lDEoWrUpry — Aldo Lema – Chile (@AldoLema_cl) November 2, 2019 For those who are too young to…
    Jon Guze, November 9, 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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    What the governor’s advisory council on film incentives really should do

    What should such an advisory council do? Preferably, play the role of servus publicus and keep reminding the governor, "Hominem te esse memento!" That is: Remember that you're mortal man.
    Jon Sanders, October 25, 2019
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    Critiquing American companies that do China’s bidding

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist considers American companies that kowtow to the Chinese communist government. Twitter and Facebook are the exceptions to a disturbing trend of U.S.-based companies bowing and scraping before the Chinese Communist Party. Witness the recent spectacle of the NBA censoring fans on American…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019
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    “The Unacknowledged Success of Neoliberalism”

    That’s the title of an interesting EconLog post by Scott Sumner. Here’s how it starts: The neoliberal policy revolution that began in the late 1970s might be the most important recent event in world history. But it remains a curiously elusive and underreported phenomenon. Many on the left…
    Jon Guze, October 3, 2019
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    How to pay for roads

    How can North Carolina pay for the construction and maintenance of roads in the future? The North Carolina Future Investment Resources for Sustainable Transportation (NC F1RST) Commission is looking for ways to ensure North Carolina can continue to build and maintain the roads it needs. Patrick McHugh of the NC Budget…
    Joseph Coletti, September 4, 2019
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    Cooper, Commerce, Wake County: Transparency’s for chumps

    But by far the biggest issue is the betrayal of good government: Public officials cannot conduct themselves as if they aren’t accountable to the people, not in a free state.
    Jon Sanders, August 14, 2019
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    JLF’s Jon Sanders Comments on Film Incentives for Radio Show “Mornings with Joe Catenacci”

    Last week, JLF’s Jon Sanders went on the radio with Joe Catenacci of Wilmington’s Big Talker 106.7 FM to talk about North Carolina’s film incentives. Sanders explains how the incentives work: “It is basically a reimbursement on spending they have done.” “[If they] reach a threshold for qualified spending…
    Brenee Goforth, August 12, 2019