Economy

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    Will Georgia rethink its film industry subsidies?

    Georgia has leaped in front of North Carolina in recent years in its willingness to pay off filmmakers who are looking for taxpayer-funded handouts. Jason Hopkins of the Daily Caller offers a report that might prompt some Georgia policymakers to think twice about film subsidies. Several Hollywood actors…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the special N.C. legislative session scheduled for Nov. 27. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal explains why we don’t run out of turkeys around Thanksgiving time.
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2018
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    When North Carolina made its own money

    University of Delaware Professor Farley Grubb has developed an impressive body of work examining colonial-era money. He and his former student Cory Cutsail have a new working paper in which they reconstruct North Carolina’s history from 1712 to 1774 issuing its own money, and what exactly that money was.
    Joseph Coletti, November 19, 2018
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    Tulsa Offers $10,000 Grant To Entice Young Workers

    It’s an interesting way of recruiting young entrepreneurial talent to the city of Tulsa: offer a $10,000 grant in exchange for a one-year commitment. The funds are from a private foundation. Each $10,000 grant will be distributed over the course of a year to eligible remote workers or entrepreneurs…
    Donna Martinez, November 19, 2018
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    Pouring cold water on the socialist myth

    Charles Calomiris explains in an Economics21 column that socialism is “the opiate of the corrupt and ignorant.” The overarching message of “The Opportunity Cost of Socialism”—a study recently released by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)—is that the advocacy of socialism cannot reasonably be based on policy…
    Mitch Kokai, November 19, 2018
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    AEI report laments ‘STEM without fruit’

    Brent Orrell of the American Enterprise Institute highlights unintended consequences of the recent academic emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. Among his key findings: Labor market data and employer feedback suggest that the emphasis on STEM in workforce development is obscuring deeper, widespread challenges to…
    Mitch Kokai, November 19, 2018
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    Challenging arguments about Amazon’s HQ2 choices

    Mitchell Blue writes at the Federalist to rebut analysts who use the Amazon HQ2 decision to echo Democratic Party talking points. Besides being boring, what does Amazon’s location choice signal? According to CNN’s Jill Filipovic, the predictable selections mean that, “Republicans can no longer lay claim to being…
    Mitch Kokai, November 19, 2018
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    Thankful For Our North Carolina Farmers

    We are thankful for our farmers every day of the year, but especially this Thanksgiving following one of the most destructive storms to ever hit the coast of the Carolinas. From John Locke Foundation’s Joe Coletti: It is hard to imagine what would be on tables this Thanksgiving if it…
    Anna Manning, November 16, 2018