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    Cooper: “We have a mandatory mask order, which is one of the strongest in the country.”

    Each time (nine so far) Cooper has announced an extension or tightening of his original mask order, the average daily case numbers have been higher than they were when he originally leveled the order.
    Jon Sanders, January 20, 2021
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    NC bars and taverns struggle to stay afloat

    Among the North Carolina businesses hardest hit by Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 shutdowns are bars, taverns, and distillers. Very few customers means very little — if any — revenue to pay the bills and the employees. For some, it’s the end of the line. Others are suing to…
    Donna Martinez, January 11, 2021
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    NBER Study Finds Occupational Licensing Laws Inhibit Labor Mobility

    The paper, “Occupational Licensing and Labor Market Fluidity,” was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Here are some highlights from the authors’ summary of their findings: We use public individual level survey data from the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program…
    Jon Guze, November 5, 2020
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    Graphs show no helpful effect from mask orders

    Since June the dominant feature of Cooper's orders to "fight" COVID-19 continues to be the mask order. He has made only cosmetic changes to his orders for shutdowns and partial-to-mostly shutdowns. Freer societies are witnessing better results than this.
    Jon Sanders, October 30, 2020
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    NC threat-free index as of Oct. 26

    All considered, over 99.7% of people in NC pose no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone.
    Jon Sanders, October 27, 2020
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    NC threat-free index as of Oct. 19

    For those disinclined to be ruled by fear and unwilling to join in glaring at their fellow citizens suspiciously as if they are germ-ridden disease vectors, especially if they look hale and fit, here's the weekly update on how virus-free your fellow North Carolinians are.
    Jon Sanders, October 20, 2020
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    America: Land of opportunity

    I follow real estate agent Michelle Vega on Facebook, and this post appeared on my feed yesterday.  I love it.  Marlon is an entrepreneur who worked hard and earned enough money to snag this lovely home. So, no, there is no shame in wearing work clothes in this photo. …
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2020
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    Welcome milestone: NC recoveries blow past 200,000 as active cases fall

    All considered, 99.75% of people in NC pose no threat to anyone of passing along a virus most have never had or the rest have recovered from.
    Jon Sanders, October 13, 2020