Jobs and economy

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    “At this point, it would be difficult to foresee a set of circumstances that would drive the headline unemployment rate much lower”

    JLF’s Mitch Kokai weighs in on new North Carolina unemployment numbers, as reported by Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal. Most noteworthy in the September employer survey is that the state had a loss of 3,400 private-sector jobs from August. The biggest decline was 4,600 jobs in leisure…
    Donna Martinez, October 23, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state Supreme Court order delaying a shift of power from the N.C. State Board of Education to the state school superintendent. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal questions the use of targeted incentives to pursue Amazon’s new headquarters.
    Mitch Kokai, October 20, 2017
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    Change ahead for national labor group

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a potentially significant milestone in efforts to change federal labor policy. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions announced it will hold a vote on Oct. 18 on the nomination of Peter Robb to become general counsel…
    Mitch Kokai, October 13, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina school officials were happy to announce recent gains in SAT scores and Advanced Placement participation. Terry Stoops looks beyond the headlines during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Julie Tisdale explains why she’s happy to see Carolina Beach discussing rules linked to accessory…
    Mitch Kokai, October 13, 2017
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    Forbes economist: Amazon winner will be a financial loser

    University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman goes into detail explaining how, given the enormous incentives package Amazon requires, the math can't add up to make winning the Amazon headquarters a financial winner for state and local governments.
    Jon Sanders, October 10, 2017
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    Kudlow praises top Trump tax expert

    Larry Kudlow explains at National Review Online why he’s happy to see Kevin Hassett working within the Trump administration. President Trump’s new CEA chair, Kevin Hassett, walked into the lion’s den last week with his first official speech. He used the moment to pound the leftist Tax Policy…
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on a business fair highlighting the youngest entrepreneurs. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal highlights federal government roadblocks that stand in the way of a safer tobacco product.
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2017
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    Cooper, N.C. leaders support ‘Robin Hood in reverse’ incentives policies

    North Carolina’s targeted tax incentives programs act as a kind of “Robin Hood in reverse.” They rob the poor and the middle class to benefit corporations. Gov. Roy Cooper supports these policies, despite repeated campaign statements opposing “corporate tax giveaways.” Donald Bryson, N.C. state director of Americans for Prosperity, made…
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2017