Jobs and economy

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    Mike Rowe knows why a higher minimum wage means bad news

    Margot Cleveland of the Federalist focuses on one high-profile critic of raising the government-mandated minimum wage. I worked a “dirty job.” On my 14th birthday, I cleaned toilets, for the then-minimum wage of $3.35. That’s how I know Mike Rowe is right about them. Over the weekend, while…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2021
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    Proposed Taxpayer Bill of Rights spotlights contrast in governing

    If you want to see the difference in philosophy of government, look first at spending. For a glaring example, compare Gov. Roy Cooper’s big budget blowout with the sustainable spending state senators would enshrine in the state constitution. Cooper’s budget proposal would increase General Fund appropriations $2.9 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, April 15, 2021
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    Why don’t we hear about “crumbling” private infrastructure?

    In making the case against Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, George Mason University economist Veronique de Rugy makes an interesting point: While it’s impossible to hear about public infrastructure without the word “crumbling” being attached, de Rugy reminds us that “the private sector doesn’t seem…
    Brian Balfour, April 15, 2021
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    Unions can’t survive without coercion

    David Harsanyi writes at National Review Online about a “dirty secret” involving labor unions’ survival tactics. It was heartening, though not particularly surprising, to see workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., decisively reject unionization efforts last week. When employees are afforded a choice, they usually snub…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2021
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    Unions like Biden’s infrastructure plan

    Graham Piro of the Washington Free Beacon reports on labor unions’ response to the president’s bloated infrastructure package. President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal includes a major union handout that would overhaul labor law in the United States. The White House released a fact sheet Wednesday detailing Biden’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2021
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    The Cooper Plan: Spend Big and Borrow Big

    Spend big. It’s the Cooper way, as evidenced by his new budget proposal, which increases spending by 11.6 percent for fiscal year (FY) 2021-22. A review by Locke analysts notes the increase is $2.8 billion more than the state budgeted for this year. But for Gov. Cooper, spending big…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2021
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    Biden’s green energy plans raise questions for union allies

    Rebecca Rainey and Eric Wolff write at Politico about concerns from one of President Biden’s traditional allies. President Joe Biden touted his $2 trillion infrastructure plan as a “once-in-a-generation” effort to tackle climate change while creating millions of “good paying jobs.” Some unions warn that it may ultimately…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    Business groups pan Biden infrastructure plan

    Geoff Earle writes for the Daily Mail about one significant source of opposition to the president’s new $2 trillion plan. Major American business groups have lined up against President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan – even after many of them got behind his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021