Jobs and economy (page 6)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the bill that would shake up membership of boards overseeing N.C. elections and ethics enforcement. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal ponders N.C. incentives and Apple’s decision to locate its new expansion in Austin.
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    Boy, am I glad Apple went elsewhere, too

    The jaw-dropping extent of North Carolina's incentives package for this "transformative" project would have eclipsed its benefits for North Carolinians.
    Jon Sanders, December 13, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on one UNC Board of Governors member’s concerns about a “strike” tied to Silent Sam. The Daily Journal highlights divisions within the N.C. Republican Party over the state’s targeted tax incentives.
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    Recession ahead?

    Governing magazine’s Liz Farmer finds economists are increasingly worried about the possibility of a recession. She writes that S&P sees slower growth as a more likely scenario than outright contraction, but budget timelines are not as simple. Agencies have already begun planning their budgets through June 2021—the governor will…
    Joseph Coletti, December 10, 2018
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    Honeywell and the incentives game

    As N.C. politicians celebrate Honeywell’s decision to relocate its corporate headquarters to Charlotte, they might want to file away Rob Jennings’ latest report at NJ.com. It calls into question government’s ability to use targeted tax incentives to sway business decisions. The planned relocation comes just three years after…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2018
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    Carney decries ‘gangster government’

    Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner pulls no punches in his assessment of President Trump’s support for subsidies and taxes. President Trump has never been one for free enterprise. His way of being pro-business involves subsidies, handouts, and taxes (he calls them tariffs) — that is, Big Government.
    Mitch Kokai, November 29, 2018
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    Ten years since the bailouts

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online looks back at the decade of evidence surrounding the government bailouts of 2008. General Motors just shared some very bad news: It is closing five factories in the United States and Canada, eliminating 15 percent of its work force (and 25 percent…
    Mitch Kokai, November 29, 2018
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    Unemployed and overly optimistic

    People who are unemployed start their job search with needed optimism, like new entrepreneurs. Their optimism is generally too high for their situation, particularly when they have been unemployed for a long time, but their lack of success finding a job does little to temper their optimism.  New research…
    Joseph Coletti, November 27, 2018