Jobs and economy (page 4)

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    CJ Commentary: Context needed on school spending

    In his most recent commentary for Carolina Journal, political analyst John Hood explains the need for context in discussions of education spending. Hood writes: The average salary of a public schoolteacher in North Carolina was about $54,000 last year, up 20 percent since 2014. That was one of the largest…
    Brenee Goforth, July 11, 2019
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    Licensing reform in the Keystone State

    James Sutton writes for National Review Online about Pennsylvania’s approach to occupational licensing reform. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has taken steps toward making it easier for low-skilled workers to enter the job market, releasing a proposal to eliminate state licensing for 13 jobs and streamline the process overall.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2019
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    Job losses linked to the ‘Fight for 15’

    Tiana Lowe writes for the Washington Examiner about the potential negative impact of a push for a government-mandated $15 minimum wage. In light of a $15 federal minimum wage creeping onto the growing laundry list of nearly every 2020 Democrats’ greatest political fantasies, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2019
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    Government dependency plunging under Trump

    Editors at Issues and Insights wonder why more people haven’t noticed a drop in dependency on the federal government in recent years. Friday’s jobs report showed that the economy created 224,000 new jobs, yet the unemployment rate edged up to 3.7%. Both are welcome news. The unemployment rate…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2019
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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