Jobs and economy (page 8)

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    What happens when judges make up facts

    Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins overturned two constitutional amendments approved by voters in November, arguing that the General Assembly are “usurpers” who “did not represent the people of North Carolina.” John Hood explains how this fact-free ruling will endanger Democrats and invite “chaos and confrontation.” In his…
    Joseph Coletti, February 26, 2019
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    More teacher union strikes reported

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the latest instances of teacher union walkouts. Teachers unions are increasingly using strikes as a bargaining tactic in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that allows public sector dissidents to opt out of paying union dues. West Virginia…
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state elections board’s order for a new election in the 9th Congressional District. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains why North Carolina is primed for growth in the number of distilleries.
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2019
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    Democrats, Amazon, and internal fighting

    While Roy Cordato has explained why New Yorkers should be pleased about Amazon’s decision to drop the Big Apple from its expansion plans, Michael Goodwin of the New York Post explores the decision’s impact on Democrats. Democrats are fighting mad — at each other. For once, President Trump…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2019
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    Daily Journal: Can government make us happy?

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words. On the face of it, “no” feels like the obvious answer. Our country’s…
    Anna Manning, February 18, 2019
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    More bad news for unions

    Steven Malanga writes for City Journal about declining union membership. The percentage of government workers who belong to a union dipped again in 2018 and has hit a 40-year low. Just 33.9 percent of government workers now belong to a union, according to government figures, the lowest point…
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2019
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    Income growth in 2018

    North Carolina’s one-year income growth in the third quarter of 2018 was faster than any state in the southeast. The Pew Charitable Trusts has a great tool to see this and cross-state comparisons.
    Joseph Coletti, February 14, 2019
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    Millennials and American prosperity

    Matthew Klein explains in a Barron’s column how the millennial generation could contribute to a surge in American productivity in the years ahead. The overall age of the workforce is also important. Dartmouth College economist James Feyrer first made this argument in 2002. Workers who are young and…
    Mitch Kokai, February 11, 2019