Jobs and economy (page 4)

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    Martin Center column focuses on apprenticeships

    Kristiana Bolzman writes for the Martin Center about recent developments related to apprenticeships. A quick scan of the news confirms that college students spend more on higher education than ever before, but they lack the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace. Apprenticeship programs could offer a promising college…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Debate over liquor reform in N.C was never about alcohol

    Liquor reform in North Carolina was never about alcohol. What was it about? According to Carolina Journal editor John Trump’s most recent opinion piece, it was about “jobs, the economy, entrepreneurship, and the community.” Trump quotes Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, the sponsor of the latest reform bill, S.B. 290: “Once…
    Brenee Goforth, August 5, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Legal dispute over VA set-asides could force W-S factory to fire blind workers

    According to reporter Julie Havlak’s most recent article in Carolina Journal, 137 optical factory workers – 76 of whom are blind – are likely to lose their jobs in Winston Salem this fall. Havlak reports the layoffs are a result of a federal court case, PDS Consultants, Inc. v. United…
    Brenee Goforth, August 2, 2019
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    Want a good way to tax wealth and capital income?

    Wealth taxes and estate taxes are taxes on the virtue of saving. And nobody has found a good way to implement such a tax. Ten European countries, including France, Germany, and Sweden have repealed wealth taxes. India also repealed its wealth tax, first enacted in 1957, in 2015. Chris Edwards, in…
    Joseph Coletti, August 2, 2019
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    Learning from manual labor

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online details lessons he learned from working with his hands and muscles. I can’t lie, this National Review posting is among the sweetest I’ve had. I can read and write almost anything that pleases me. But, I did have one other job…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2019
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    Is Subsidizing Film Production Counterproductive?

    This week, JLF’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, published a research brief examining a recent study conducted by economics professor, Dr. John Charles Bradbury. The study, published by Western Carolina University’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, titled “What Do Film Incentives Mean for the North Carolina…
    Brenee Goforth, July 31, 2019
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    A ‘staggering consensus’: Economists on what a $15/hr. minimum wage won’t do

    Although our local media seem not to realize it, one subject that economists are in greatest agreement over is the negative unintended consequences of the minimum wage.
    Jon Sanders, July 30, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Study says N.C. film subsidies are a bust for taxpayers

    According to a recent article by Carolina Journal’s Leonard Robinson III, North Carolina’s film incentives have cost taxpayers in the state $400 million, yet they have not brought in anywhere close to that amount in returns. Robinson’s piece centers around a new study from Western Carolina University Center for…
    Brenee Goforth, July 29, 2019