Economy

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    Mike Rowe knows why a higher minimum wage means bad news

    Margot Cleveland of the Federalist focuses on one high-profile critic of raising the government-mandated minimum wage. I worked a “dirty job.” On my 14th birthday, I cleaned toilets, for the then-minimum wage of $3.35. That’s how I know Mike Rowe is right about them. Over the weekend, while…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2021
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    Proposed Taxpayer Bill of Rights spotlights contrast in governing

    If you want to see the difference in philosophy of government, look first at spending. For a glaring example, compare Gov. Roy Cooper’s big budget blowout with the sustainable spending state senators would enshrine in the state constitution. Cooper’s budget proposal would increase General Fund appropriations $2.9 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, April 15, 2021
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    The NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending April 12

    All things considered, about 99.8% of people in NC posed no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone — a virus most had never had and the rest had recovered from.
    Jon Sanders, April 13, 2021
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    Legislators consider a bill to protect electricity consumers

    A bill before the General Assembly would restore the state's protection of North Carolina's top stakeholders in electricity policy: the consumers. Such protection is absolutely vital.
    Jon Sanders, April 13, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill in the N.C. House to reopen state bars and restaurants at full capacity. A new CJ Opinion urges people to consider who pays today’s N.C. tax bills as they judge proposed tax cuts.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2021
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    State carbon tax proposal exposes progressives’ cognitive dissonance

    A bill sponsored by Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) would levy a tax on “any carbon-based fuel product sold, used, or entered into the State.” Fortunately, the bill isn’t expected to go anywhere this session. The “carbon tax” bill is designed to punish the use of greenhouse…
    Brian Balfour, April 9, 2021
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    Do the wealthy really not pay their ‘fair share’ of federal taxes?

    The Tax Foundation is a great resource for factual data on who pays federal taxes — and who doesn’t. Be armed with the facts when you hear progressive Democrats such as our president call for tax hikes on higher earners because they don’t ‘pay their fair share.’ Let’s have…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online that the General Assembly is considering adding right-to-work protections to the N.C. Constitution. One CJ Opinion piece explains how the N.C. Senate’s proposed income tax cut would benefit everyone, especially those at the lower end of the income scale. Ray Nothstine’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2021