Jobs and economy (page 5)

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    Corporate Welfare: Which Way is North Carolina Headed?

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, published a research brief on Corporate Welfare. His piece establishes the four basic combinations of corporate taxes and corporate handouts (see image). Sanders writes that the most recent debate on corporate welfare in North Carolina has centered around the legislature’s…
    Brenee Goforth, July 25, 2019
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    Another news report on the minimum wage that ignores mainstream economics

    The News & Observer today reports on a forum in Durham on raising the minimum wage. The report quotes workers, activists, and politicians all in favor of more than doubling the minimum wage. Guess what's left out?
    Jon Sanders, July 25, 2019
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    Trump and the economy

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online ponders the economy’s impact on President Trump’s re-election chances. The point is not so much “It’s the economy, stupid,” but rather that the economy is the font of all contemporary politics, and it adjudicates the parameters of presidential prerogatives. In the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: What teachers do in the summer and other mysteries

    Have you ever wondered what teachers do in the summer? No need to wonder any longer because JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops wrote all about it this week in his latest Carolina Journal piece. According to Dr. Stoops: The majority of North Carolina teachers have a contract that furnishes a break…
    Brenee Goforth, July 19, 2019
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    Five years on, Paul Krugman still has to ignore NC

    Years continue to prove Krugman wrong about North Carolina, so Krugman continues to ignore the state.
    Jon Sanders, July 15, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Medicaid expansion and job creation: Bad economics, good special interest politics

    “As a general rule, the public and politicians should never view economic impact studies as anything more than an attempt by special interests to manipulate public opinion for their own benefit.” Dr. Roy Cordato wrote this statement back in December 2018. Time after time, impact studies come out proving…
    Brenee Goforth, July 15, 2019
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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