Jobs and economy (page 9)

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    Nine states have universal license recognition, but not NC

    Universal license recognition is an idea that the North Carolina General Assembly has entertained but not yet adopted. Why not?
    Jon Sanders, February 26, 2021
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    Biden’s job-killing corporate tax hike explored

    Tyler Van Dyke of the Washington Examiner highlights one of the Biden administration’s especially bad ideas on the corporate tax front. President Biden’s plan to increase the corporate tax rate would weaken economic recovery and hurt competitiveness, according to a report from the Tax Foundation. Throughout the 2020…
    Mitch Kokai, February 25, 2021
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    A major North Carolina city is one of the top performers in the nation

    North Carolina is a beautiful state for myriad reasons. From the mountains to the coast, there’s so much to appreciate. Whether I’m hiking Grandfather Mountain or touring the USS North Carolina for the umpteenth time, there’s wonder to be found. Yet our landscapes and battleships aren’t the only ways our…
    Brooke Medina, February 24, 2021
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    Pressure mounts on Gov. Cooper

    Two press releases I received today show the increasing pressure on Gov. Roy Cooper to proactively end the shutdown of North Carolina public schools and allow bars and taverns to open at a higher capacity. ** First into my in-box is from N.C. Senate Republicans, specifically Sen. Deanna Ballard,…
    Donna Martinez, February 23, 2021
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    Research finds incumbent governors release a flood of incentives during election years

    In 2019, which was not an election year, Gov. Cooper pledged $146 million in incentives grants. In the election year of 2020, however, Cooper pledged over $519 million. That's over half a billion dollars — and over three and a half times worse than his giveaways in 2019.
    Jon Sanders, February 22, 2021
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    Democrats make dangerous inflation assumptions

    James Pethokoukis writes for The Week about a disturbing attitude among leading Democrats to the prospect of increased inflation. At a CNN town hall on Tuesday, President Joe Biden dismissed progressive Democratic plans to cancel $50,000 in student college debt — at a cost of some $1 trillion…
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online on multiple N.C. cities approving new nondiscrimination ordinances. John Hood’s CJ Opinion explains the problem with policymakers focusing on targeted tax incentives.
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2021
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    Minimum wage increases will hurt the poor, minorities — Do supporters care?

    Editors at Issues and Insights wonder why advocates of an increase in the government-mandated minimum wage ignore clear, convincing evidence of its ill effects. Democrats like to talk about helping the “little guy” struggling to make it in an economically hostile world. But instead of providing help, their…
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2021