Jobs and economy (page 9)

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    Learning from manual labor

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online details lessons he learned from working with his hands and muscles. I can’t lie, this National Review posting is among the sweetest I’ve had. I can read and write almost anything that pleases me. But, I did have one other job…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2019
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    Is Subsidizing Film Production Counterproductive?

    This week, JLF’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, published a research brief examining a recent study conducted by economics professor, Dr. John Charles Bradbury. The study, published by Western Carolina University’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, titled “What Do Film Incentives Mean for the North Carolina…
    Brenee Goforth, July 31, 2019
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    A ‘staggering consensus’: Economists on what a $15/hr. minimum wage won’t do

    Although our local media seem not to realize it, one subject that economists are in greatest agreement over is the negative unintended consequences of the minimum wage.
    Jon Sanders, July 30, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Study says N.C. film subsidies are a bust for taxpayers

    According to a recent article by Carolina Journal’s Leonard Robinson III, North Carolina’s film incentives have cost taxpayers in the state $400 million, yet they have not brought in anywhere close to that amount in returns. Robinson’s piece centers around a new study from Western Carolina University Center for…
    Brenee Goforth, July 29, 2019
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    Corporate Welfare: Which Way is North Carolina Headed?

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, published a research brief on Corporate Welfare. His piece establishes the four basic combinations of corporate taxes and corporate handouts (see image). Sanders writes that the most recent debate on corporate welfare in North Carolina has centered around the legislature’s…
    Brenee Goforth, July 25, 2019
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    Another news report on the minimum wage that ignores mainstream economics

    The News & Observer today reports on a forum in Durham on raising the minimum wage. The report quotes workers, activists, and politicians all in favor of more than doubling the minimum wage. Guess what's left out?
    Jon Sanders, July 25, 2019
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    Trump and the economy

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online ponders the economy’s impact on President Trump’s re-election chances. The point is not so much “It’s the economy, stupid,” but rather that the economy is the font of all contemporary politics, and it adjudicates the parameters of presidential prerogatives. In the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: What teachers do in the summer and other mysteries

    Have you ever wondered what teachers do in the summer? No need to wonder any longer because JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops wrote all about it this week in his latest Carolina Journal piece. According to Dr. Stoops: The majority of North Carolina teachers have a contract that furnishes a break…
    Brenee Goforth, July 19, 2019