Economy (page 5)

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    A worthwhile ‘workers party’

    James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute explores what it would mean for the Republican Party to focus on American workers. The notion of the Republican Party — or any party, really — being a “workers party” is conceptually confusing. That word, “worker.” Let’s think about it. Sure,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online about a distiller’s battle with N.C. regulators over online sales. John Hood’s CJ Opinion argues that too many workers are sidelined. Terry Stoops’ CJ Opinion highlights a win for the N.C. Constitution in the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2021
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    Voices of the pandemic shutdown: 3 NC business owners tell their stories

    COVID-19 – the virus and the shutdown – have been incredibly difficult for all of us. I lost my father-in-law to the virus, shocking my family and imprinting 2020 on my heart as a year of suffering, sadness, and loss. Because of that, emotion wells up in me pretty quickly…
    Donna Martinez, April 16, 2021
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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