Economy (page 98)

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    JLF president, Brexit architect tout British-American trade in the era of Trump

    Kory Swanson joins Matthew Elliott, CEO of the Vote Leave group in the Brexit campaign, to discuss at National Review Online the continuing importance of British-American trade. Elliott will expand on these themes during a speech Monday to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Some people…
    Mitch Kokai, May 3, 2017
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    This should raise red flags for film subsidy supporters

    It’s rare when one can highlight the overwhelming awesomeness that is Spinal Tap, while at the same time making a point about public policy. So thanks, Bloomberg Businessweek! Robert Kolker’s feature in the latest issue documents the efforts of Spinal Tap’s creators to recover some of the money…
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2017
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    JLF alum Bakst explains how policies often hurt the poor

    Former John Locke Foundation analyst Daren Bakst, now with the Heritage Foundation, recently investigated the big-government policies that cause special harm for the poorest Americans. Heritage’s “Insider” offers the following summary: … [G]overnment is very good at doing two things: (1) foreclosing opportunities for the poor…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017
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    Learning corporate tax lessons from our northern neighbors

    Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute explores Canada’s recent experience with tweaking the corporate tax rate. Canada provides us with a real-world trial run of corporate tax cuts, and new budget data includes the latest revenue estimates. The nation slashed its federal corporate tax rate from…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017
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    A poor piece of protectionist history

    John Steele Gordon devotes a Barron’s column to a regrettable piece of American economic policy history. … [T]he Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 is certainly in the running for the title of worst legislation ever passed. In the 1920s, food prices declined substantially as more and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017
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    A breath of fresh air in the targeted incentives debate

    The News & Observer’s coverage of robotics part maker ATI Industrial Automation’s expansion plan includes this great tidbit: Don’t look for any press releases from the state announcing that ATI’s expansion plan has made it eligible for financial incentives. “We have never received anything from the government, and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 21, 2017
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    Federalist column labels new Trump policy ‘dangerous nonsense’

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist pans the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” policy. “We don’t have a level playing field for our workers,” Donald Trump told a group of workers in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. Truth is, if we ever leveled the playing field with countries…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Rick Henderson reports for Carolina Journal Online on a delay in the vote for a bill that would life distribution restrictions for N.C. craft brewers. Jon Guze’s Daily Journal explains why craft brewers might consider taking their case to court.
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2017