Jobs and economy

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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State lawmakers voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of their $23.9 billion General Fund budget for 2018-19. Becki Gray analyzes the budget for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze explains how a federal process called “equitable sharing” thwarts North Carolina’s protections against civil…
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2018
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    Company emblematic of ‘Obamanomics’ dropped from Dow

    Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner notes interesting financial news involving General Electric. When the Dow Jones index was born in 1896, General Electric was one of the companies included. It’s been a constituent of the Dow continuously since 1907. In a sign of how far the company…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2018
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    Measuring the state’s success in re-employment

    Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab (GPL) began with a focus on social impact bonds and pay for success contracts. It now exists to help state and local governments do their work better, whether internally or with outside contracts. A team will soon be in North Carolina “to support…
    Joseph Coletti, June 18, 2018
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    Can laws change how we shop?

    What happens to retailers and service providers in the next recession? They are reliant in the Triangle on consumers who already owe $4.5 billion in credit card debt, an average of $10,000 to $16,000 per household. Until then, experiences are displacing things in storefronts. Alex Marshall starts with a North…
    Joseph Coletti, June 13, 2018
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    Free trade puts America first

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist explains why free trade benefits Americans more than any notion of “fair trade” ever would. These days, the label “globalist” is a pejorative meant to insinuate that a person is more concerned about international corporations than about his fellow American citizens. Now, admittedly,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2018
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    Cronyism’s Cost in Competitiveness

    New research continues to highlight the economic burdens imposed by big government regulations and big corporation cronyism in the US. For all the concerns about the heavy hand of Brussels on members of the European Union—and in Europe’s most competitive countries, this was a real concern—the EU has actually reduced…
    Joseph Coletti, June 12, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. lawmakers taking note of a dental shortage in remote areas of the state. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how fake economic news distorts political debate.
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2018