Jobs and economy (page 6)

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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
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    CJ Commentary: Helping craft distillers could have positive effect on how others view N.C.

    North Carolina is beautifully unique, encapsulated by stunning mountain views in the west to a sprawling coastline in the east. In his most recent commentary, Carolina Journal editor John Trump wrote this acknowledgement of North Carolina’s wonderful features which frequently put it at the top of lists for things like…
    Brenee Goforth, June 25, 2019
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    Baby Boomers Indicted

    In a previous blogpost, I cited Economist Lyman Stone’s American Enterprise Institute paper, Red, White, and Gray. In a summary published today at the Atlantic, Stone draws some harsh conclusions about my generation: The political ascendancy of the Boomers brought with it tightening control and…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019