Jobs and economy

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    CJ Commentary: What teachers do in the summer and other mysteries

    Have you ever wondered what teachers do in the summer? No need to wonder any longer because JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops wrote all about it this week in his latest Carolina Journal piece. According to Dr. Stoops: The majority of North Carolina teachers have a contract that furnishes a break…
    Brenee Goforth, July 19, 2019
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    Five years on, Paul Krugman still has to ignore NC

    Years continue to prove Krugman wrong about North Carolina, so Krugman continues to ignore the state.
    Jon Sanders, July 15, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Medicaid expansion and job creation: Bad economics, good special interest politics

    “As a general rule, the public and politicians should never view economic impact studies as anything more than an attempt by special interests to manipulate public opinion for their own benefit.” Dr. Roy Cordato wrote this statement back in December 2018. Time after time, impact studies come out proving…
    Brenee Goforth, July 15, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Context needed on school spending

    In his most recent commentary for Carolina Journal, political analyst John Hood explains the need for context in discussions of education spending. Hood writes: The average salary of a public schoolteacher in North Carolina was about $54,000 last year, up 20 percent since 2014. That was one of the largest…
    Brenee Goforth, July 11, 2019
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    Licensing reform in the Keystone State

    James Sutton writes for National Review Online about Pennsylvania’s approach to occupational licensing reform. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has taken steps toward making it easier for low-skilled workers to enter the job market, releasing a proposal to eliminate state licensing for 13 jobs and streamline the process overall.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2019
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    Job losses linked to the ‘Fight for 15’

    Tiana Lowe writes for the Washington Examiner about the potential negative impact of a push for a government-mandated $15 minimum wage. In light of a $15 federal minimum wage creeping onto the growing laundry list of nearly every 2020 Democrats’ greatest political fantasies, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2019
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    Government dependency plunging under Trump

    Editors at Issues and Insights wonder why more people haven’t noticed a drop in dependency on the federal government in recent years. Friday’s jobs report showed that the economy created 224,000 new jobs, yet the unemployment rate edged up to 3.7%. Both are welcome news. The unemployment rate…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2019
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    A message for Swedophiles

    Daniel Schatz writes for Commentary magazine about myths and facts connected to the Swedish economy. Sweden’s period of classical economic liberalism did not last. The decades that followed were characterized by the growth of the generous cradle-to-grave welfare state envied by Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Bernie Sanders, and their fellow…
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2019