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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on State Auditor Beth Wood’s concerns about the impact of new Medicaid rules on already-law oversight. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains how the COVID-19 shutdown has reminded us about what’s really important.
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2020
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    What accounts for the decline of religion in American life?

    Lyman Stone attempts to answer that question in a new paper published by the American Enterprize Institute. The title is “Promise and peril: The history of American religiosity and its recent decline,” and the key findings are: American religiosity is in rapid decline according to numerous measures. However, Americans…
    Jon Guze, May 4, 2020
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    Families, children might benefit after COVID-19 scare has ended

    Abby McCloskey and Angela Rachidi explain in an Institute for Family Studies column how economic disruption tied to the coronavirus pandemic could produce one beneficial long-term change. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many workers have traded in their corporate offices for a makeshift workspace at the kitchen…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2020
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    How far will your federal coronavirus payment go?

    For some people, there is never enough money. A writer for a policy group on the left grouses this time about the paltriness of federal payments to taxpayers by deliberately understating the amount of money a family could receive and overstating the costs to be borne. Some money is better…
    Joseph Coletti, March 30, 2020
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    Charlotte opportunity

    A New York Times story on “black families leaving Chicago” led me to another story on the topic a year ago. The earlier story described Kristin Ware’s decision to move from Chicago to Charlotte for a lower cost of living, better schools, and “lots of opportunity.” Ware told…
    Joseph Coletti, February 17, 2020
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    “It’s time to bring back the big tables.”

    That’s the final line of a recent essay by David Brooks about the breakdown of American families. The line refers back to the nostalgic scenario that Brooks describes at the beginning of the essay: The scene is one many of us have somewhere in our family history: Dozens…
    Jon Guze, February 13, 2020
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    Does Protecting the Middle Class Hurt Young People?

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti wrote a research brief on a recent Ed Glaeser interview that sheds light on how America’s programs to mitigate risk for the middle class have impaired opportunities for young people. Coletti writes: Over the past century, our rich country has taken steps to protect…
    Brenee Goforth, January 28, 2020