Economy

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    There is hope in small towns and there are challenges in cities

    Can we save the small towns and rural areas that are losing people to booming metropolitan areas? Gracy Olmstead explores the options and some of the overlooked costs and benefits what we leave behind may not be all bad, as we go out in search of greater gains: “The…
    Joseph Coletti, April 20, 2018
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    Why DC Restaurant Workers Should Oppose a Gigantic Raise

    It’s called Initiative 77. As Reason details, it’s a ballot item in Washington D.C. that would impose a $15/hour minimum wage on restaurants. Here’s how things work now: Restaurant owners in the district currently pay waitstaff $3.33 an hour, well below the minimum wage, with the expectation that they…
    Donna Martinez, April 20, 2018
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    Reversing Obama-era union rules

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports on pleas to President Trump to reverse union rule changes adopted during Barack Obama’s administration. Management attorneys and trade groups are petitioning the Trump administration to reverse President Obama’s rule changes that drastically sped up the timeline of union elections.
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2018
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    Rejoining a scrapped trade deal

    Editors at National Review endorse the prospect of President Trump returning the United States to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The simplest reason why is that it would boost the American economy. The signatories of the agreement — including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Chile — account…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Efforts to boost safety in N.C. schools include a focus on improving mental health services available to students. Lindsay Marchello reported on a recent legislative school safety meeting that emphasized the need for more school nurses and psychologists. She shares her findings during the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2018
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    North Carolinians use their own dollars wisely, too

    North Carolinians pay less of their paycheck each month on credit cards, student loans, and housing than people in most states around us and across the country, according to data compiled by lending marketplace Credible.com. Michigan has the lowest monthly debt-to-income ratio (25.27%) and Hawaii has far and away the…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Podcasts worth listening to this week

    Some great conversations made my time in the car much better this week Steven Teles is one of the most insightful people writing about conservatism and government, from the Federalist Society to the kludgy way government has evolved. He’s a liberal working with libertarians at the Niskanen…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Biggest Improvement in the South

    Looking for a job in the South? You’ve got a great chance of finding one here. North Carolina is thriving. Thanks to sound policy decisions on a variety of fronts, and thanks to visionary legislative leadership that has acted to put us on solid fiscal footing, pro-growth policies are…
    Donna Martinez, April 19, 2018