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    The government and wealth inequality

    Chris Edwards writes for National Review Online about the government’s role in wealth inequality. Are increases in wealth inequality the awful thing that Democrats claim? It depends on what causes them. Much of the recent modest rise in wealth inequality stems from innovations in our economy that are…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2019
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    Unintended Consequences

    In Changes in Family Structure and Welfare Participation Since the 1960S: The Role of Legal Services, Jamein Cunningham and Andrew Goodman-Bacon document the unintended and undesirable consequences of a federal program that continues to attract widespread, bipartisan support. From the Abstract: This paper evaluates the effects of the War…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 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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    CJ Commentary: Official data understate growth rate

    In his latest Carolina Journal commentary, political analyst John Hood argues the world is actually doing better than people think it is. Hood writes: When it comes to public affairs, bad news is good and good news is bad. That is, political speeches and media pieces that describe a problem…
    Brenee Goforth, July 23, 2019
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    Your price for paid family leave

    Betsy McCaughey explains in the New York Post your role in paying for government-provided family leave. Democrats see your paycheck as fair game for their endless social-improvement projects. Every Democrat vying for the White House backs federal legislation that would guarantee workers nearly three months of paid family…
    Mitch Kokai, July 22, 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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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Unemployment Insurance Report

    Mitch Kokai gave comments to the Winston-Salem Journal for a recent story on Unemployment Insurance (UI) in North Carolina. The story reports on the changes in UI following the Great Recession. According to the article, the state racked up $2.8 billion in debt to the U.S. Labor and Treasury…
    Brenee Goforth, June 20, 2019
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    Opportunity versus entitlements

    Michael Tanner writes for National Review Online about contrasting ways to address the needs of the poor. It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that most Americans regard the War on Poverty as a failure. According to a new YouGov poll, conducted for the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2019