Jobs and economy (page 3)

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    “The truly progressive position is to say people have a right to camp out and sleep in front of a store but not buy a bag of pretzels there.”

    That’s Walter Olson’s take on the left’s current campaign to shut down dollar stores. For a full discussion of this latest piece of progressive lunacy, see Unjust Deserts by Steven Malanga: Communities like Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Birmingham, and Georgia’s DeKalb County have passed restrictions on…
    Jon Guze, January 9, 2020
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    Economic Development Incentives Not Creating Jobs Promised

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders wrote a research brief examining a recently released WRAL report by Tyler Dukes. The report examined the number of jobs created from North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program and the One North Carolina (OneNC) fund from 2009 to 2016. Sanders summarizes the…
    Brenee Goforth, January 9, 2020
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    Don’t equate lowering the tax rate with offering targeted incentives

    In an otherwise excellent article about the limited impact of targeted tax incentives in North Carolina (already noted by “Locker Room” colleague Jon Sanders), Zachary Eanes of the Raleigh News & Observer offers the following statement: North Carolina, which has repeatedly lowered its corporate tax rate over the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A special year-end edition of Carolina Journal Radio highlights some of the most interesting topics of 2019. Terry Stoops dissects efforts to fix North Carolina’s broken school funding system. Jon Guze highlights North Carolina’s strong state protections against civil asset forfeiture abuse, along with proposals to ensure that local…
    Mitch Kokai, December 27, 2019
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    Overeducated and underskilled

    Another new paper finds that colleges are increasingly the wrong way to go for good jobs, producing debt-ridden graduates who are “overeducated and underskilled.” Instead of college, Veronique de Rugy and Jack Salmon of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, suggested apprenticeships and on-the-job training will become the…
    Joseph Coletti, December 18, 2019
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    Snapshot of the Day

    A recent Quinnipiac poll shows interesting voter views on which major political party is better at handling particular issues. Details here.
    Donna Martinez, December 16, 2019
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    Moving toward more trade liberalization

    Clark Packard explains at National Review Online why he hopes a renegotiated North American free-trade deal marks a first step toward a larger goal. After another tumultuous negotiation, House Democrats and the Trump administration have announced an agreement to move forward with the USMCA, the flawed but salvageable…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2019
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    National Review editors see good news with the ‘afta NAFTA’ deal

    Editors at National Review Online explore the likely impact of an updated North American free-trade deal. There is very good news about the North American Free Trade Agreement. That news is not that the Democrats and the labor unions have reached a deal with President Trump about the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2019