Jobs and economy (page 12)

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    The cost of raising the government-mandated minimum wage

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the latest estimates of costs associated with raising the minimum wage. Academics, workers, and small business owners say the Democratic push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour could cut 2 million jobs and hurt the workers lawmakers…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2019
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    Wait, does the ABC Commission think it’s stimulating the state’s economy?

    This isn't even the usual case of asserting a "stimulus" effect based on a questionable "economic impact" study. There's no study, just a flat assertion.
    Jon Sanders, January 11, 2019
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    About Those Tariffs

    Now that trade wars are back in fashion, a recent working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research seems particularly timely. The paper is “Macroeconomic Consequences of Tariffs” by Davide Furceri, Swarnali A. Hannan, Jonathan D. Ostry, and Andrew K. Rose. If the authors’ conclusion (which I’ve highlighted in…
    Jon Guze, January 7, 2019
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    A reminder of the nation’s excellent employment numbers

    Editors at Investor’s Business Daily remind us that a key indicator of economic activity continues to look good. There’s a word to describe December’s jobs report: Wow! With 312,000 new jobs in December, employment growth was much stronger than anyone anticipated. That’s especially true given recent squishy economic…
    Mitch Kokai, January 7, 2019
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai featured in Charlotte Observer on incentives

    From Charlotte Observer:  The last several weeks of 2018 featured a wave of companies announcing plans to move their corporate headquarters to Charlotte or grow their headcount here, moves made easier by millions of dollars in incentives from local and state governments. The John Locke Foundation continually writes in…
    Anna Manning, January 4, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    When Apple chose Austin over Raleigh for its major new expansion project, some N.C. economic developers fretted about another “loss” for the Tar Heel State. Jon Sanders analyzes Apple’s decision for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the significance of a recent federal…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2019
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    2018 as the ‘year of the worker’

    That’s how Stephen Moore describes the previous year in a Washington Times column. If 2017 was the year of the investor with stock market gains of more than 25 percent during President Trump’s first year in office, 2018 was undoubtedly the year of the American worker. These past…
    Mitch Kokai, January 2, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on two lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s new voter ID law. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal argues that North Carolina is the real winner in the Apple sweepstakes.
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2018