Jobs and economy (page 6)

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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    California wants to put freelancers out of work

    Bonnie Kristian writes for The Week about the unintended negative consequences of a new California law. If I lived in California, I’d be staring down unemployment. A new law governing freelance work was signed into law late last month. It isn’t scheduled to take effect until January, but…
    Mitch Kokai, October 28, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. Senate could take up the governor’s budget veto override this evening. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the link between higher economic output and higher incomes.  …
    Mitch Kokai, October 28, 2019
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    Cooper: Let’s help small businesses. Not by tax cuts, but by hoping my cronies do business with them

    Gov. Cooper's office wants to justify direct handouts ("grants") and tax cuts ("tax incentives") to just one industry — film productions — because they'd patronize small businesses in North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, October 24, 2019
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    Yet Another Study Showing that Occupational Licensing Laws Hurt workers and Consumers

    The paper is “A Welfare Analysis of Occupational Licensing in U.S. States” by Morris M. Kleiner & Evan J. Soltas. Here’s the abstract: We assess the welfare consequences of occupational licensing for workers and consumers. We estimate a model of labor market equilibrium in which…
    Jon Guze, October 22, 2019
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    $15 Minimum Wage Is Hitting NYC Restaurants Hard!

    “Unexpectedly!” From a recent Catalyst article: Minimum wage hikes are bringing unintended consequences to the Big Apple. They’re especially pronounced on the Upper West Side, where a neighborhood staple recently shuttered its doors due to the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage. At the end of September,…
    Jon Guze, October 16, 2019
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    Critiquing American companies that do China’s bidding

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist considers American companies that kowtow to the Chinese communist government. Twitter and Facebook are the exceptions to a disturbing trend of U.S.-based companies bowing and scraping before the Chinese Communist Party. Witness the recent spectacle of the NBA censoring fans on American…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019
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    Martin Center column examines those who don’t finish community college degrees

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center explores the notion that community college “dropouts” represent a public policy problem. A sense of urgency has taken hold of higher education leaders nationwide. Reports of declining community college graduation rates and the lack of skilled workers have led policymakers and college leaders…
    Mitch Kokai, October 14, 2019