Jobs and economy (page 11)

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    A message for Swedophiles

    Daniel Schatz writes for Commentary magazine about myths and facts connected to the Swedish economy. Sweden’s period of classical economic liberalism did not last. The decades that followed were characterized by the growth of the generous cradle-to-grave welfare state envied by Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Bernie Sanders, and their fellow…
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Community colleges deliver great value

    In his recent commentary in Carolina Journal, political analyst John Hood cautions North Carolinians not to overlook the value of local community colleges. Hood writes: Many political and education leaders in North Carolina say that our economy would be better off if our level of educational attainment was higher. They’re…
    Brenee Goforth, July 1, 2019
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    Democrats and the economy

    Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic focuses on Democratic presidential candidates’ approach to current economic news. Over four hours of debate among what felt like a thousand Democratic candidates, a few notable topics scarcely came up. There was no heated tussle over jobs plans. No argument over how to…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    Addressing the ‘college-industrial complex’

    Frederick Hess and Grant Addison write for National Affairs about the oversized role of a college degree in hiring decisions. Obstacles to employment are a problem. They impede social mobility, disproportionately harm society’s most vulnerable citizens, and hinder the larger economy. That is why efforts to remove…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Helping craft distillers could have positive effect on how others view N.C.

    North Carolina is beautifully unique, encapsulated by stunning mountain views in the west to a sprawling coastline in the east. In his most recent commentary, Carolina Journal editor John Trump wrote this acknowledgement of North Carolina’s wonderful features which frequently put it at the top of lists for things like…
    Brenee Goforth, June 25, 2019
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    Baby Boomers Indicted

    In a previous blogpost, I cited Economist Lyman Stone’s American Enterprise Institute paper, Red, White, and Gray. In a summary published today at the Atlantic, Stone draws some harsh conclusions about my generation: The political ascendancy of the Boomers brought with it tightening control and…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    How government can hire better

    Since 2013, the number of government job postings has increased 11% but the number of applicants has fallen 35%. A recent report the National Association of State Chief Admistrators considers why this is and what governments can do to attract more people. Job applicants see government work as safe…
    Joseph Coletti, June 24, 2019
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    Let North Carolinians Get to Work!

    Getting an occupational license can be time-consuming and expensive. For instance, becoming a barber in North Carolina takes approximately 722 days (comprised of 1,528 hours of schooling, one year of experience and three exams), thousands of dollars in schooling and hundreds more in fees. And, according to JLF’s Jon…
    Brenee Goforth, June 21, 2019