Jobs and economy

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    Soaking the rich with a wealth tax

    It’s so easy to let jealousy trump good sense. I think that’s what a ‘wealth tax’ is all about. A wealth tax, you see, is much more than hiking taxes on high earners because you think they don’t pay their ‘fair share.’ It’s about taking away the fruits of…
    Donna Martinez, January 21, 2021
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    Cooper’s corporate welfare: over a half a billion dollars for … that?

    Cooper’s corporate welfare tally for 2020 is jaw-dropping: $519.3 million pledged to just 48 corporations.
    Jon Sanders, January 19, 2021
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    Biden’s $15 Minimum Wage: Who Wins and Who Loses

    President Joe Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion relief package. As City Journal puts it, “Feel Good Now – Pay Later.” Columnist Allison Schrager keys in on a key component: a federal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. The plan includes a national $15 minimum wage and elimination…
    Donna Martinez, January 19, 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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    Snapshot of the Day: NC Population Growth 1990-2035

    From Carolina Demography comes this chart that shows North Carolina’s explosive growth.   This is why North Carolina is on the brink of securing a 14th congressional district.  …
    Donna Martinez, January 8, 2021
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Republican Paul Newby has taken over as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and head of the state’s judicial branch. Rick Henderson analyzes Newby’s likely impact as chief justice during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Historian Wilfred McClay discusses his new American history…
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online about COVID-19 shutdowns’ negative impact on N.C. tourism and rural economies. Jordan Roberts’ Daily Journal explains why the Biden administration should retain key Trump administration health care policies.
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2021
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    Senate Leader Phil Berger Announces Committee Appointments

    A Jan. 7 news release from Sen. Leader Phil Berger’s office announces committee assignments. The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday, Jan. 13. Be sure to join the John Locke Foundation’s government affairs team on Monday, Jan. 11, for a conversation about Locke’s legislative Agenda for a Better Carolina. …
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021