Jobs and economy

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    The numbers contradict the claims about Trump

    Editors at Issues and Insights probe some of the most harmful claims made about President Trump and find them wanting. President Donald Trump’s critics have called him many things during his nearly three years in office. “Racist.” “Fascist.” “Misogynist.” “Anti-middle class.” “Anti-poor.” And so on. But if that’s…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina took another step toward cleaning up the state’s criminal code with the recent approval of Senate Bill 584. Mike Schietzelt explains the significance of the latest legislation for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the potential significance of the recently enacted…
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2019
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    What replaces the old institutions?

    Younger people and older working class men are the vanguard of a loss of trust in traditional institutions. They have been hardest hit by lack of opportunity and lack of human connection. Jordan Roberts has commented on the effects among Millennials. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic highlights the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2019
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    How to pay for roads

    How can North Carolina pay for the construction and maintenance of roads in the future? The North Carolina Future Investment Resources for Sustainable Transportation (NC F1RST) Commission is looking for ways to ensure North Carolina can continue to build and maintain the roads it needs. Patrick McHugh of the NC Budget…
    Joseph Coletti, September 4, 2019
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    Assessing the ethical-industrial complex

    Jack Hough of Barron’s focuses on corporations that want to do more than just earn profits. This past week, the Business Roundtable, a group of chiefs from nearly 200 companies, said it has changed its mind about the purpose of a corporation. It’s not just to serve shareholders.
    Mitch Kokai, August 26, 2019
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    Minimum wage as sales tax on the middle class

    Matthew Klein of Barron’s explores the government-mandated minimum wage’s impact on the middle class. [N]ew research from Peter Harasztosi of the European Commission and Attila Lindner of University College London published in the August issue of the American Economic Review offers some answers. The authors studied how companies…
    Mitch Kokai, August 26, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A student-centered approach could help fix North Carolina’s broken school funding model. That’s a key recommendation from the John Locke Foundation’s latest report on N.C. school financing reform. Terry Stoops discusses the research for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders highlights economists’ assessments of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 23, 2019
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    How would a $15/hr. minimum wage affect NC workers?

    Estimates vary, but nearly half of North Carolina workers earn less than $15/hr. Hiking the minimum wage that high would disemploy an estimated 367,000 North Carolinians.
    Jon Sanders, August 20, 2019