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    American businesses’ increasingly illiberal policies

    Patrick Hauf of the Washington Free Beacon explores the factors driving more American businesses to the political left. (Note that my headline substitutes the more accurate word “illiberal” for the term “liberal” in Hauf’s opening line.) American businesses are adopting increasingly liberal policies and public stances due to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2019
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    Warren, Harris, and a Ferguson lie

    David French of National Review takes two leading Democratic presidential candidates to task. On Friday afternoon, two of the leading contenders in the Democratic presidential primary lied. There’s no other fair way to put it. They flat-out spread fiction, libeled an innocent man, and stoked American divisions —…
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2019
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    Don’t count on the return of job security

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online urges readers to accept a fact about the future of work. These are frantic times. In the early 1960s, the average “life expectancy” of a corporation on the Fortune 500 was a little over 75 years; today, it is about 15 years…
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper’s gun-related executive order. The Daily Journal highlights a recent court ruling that exposes a key problem with North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law.
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2019
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    What is Occupational License Consumer Choice?

    The key to the Occupational License Consumer Choice approach is something called a nonlicensed disclosure. With that, occupational licensing is no longer an entry regulation.
    Jon Sanders, August 12, 2019
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    JLF’s Jon Sanders Comments on Film Incentives for Radio Show “Mornings with Joe Catenacci”

    Last week, JLF’s Jon Sanders went on the radio with Joe Catenacci of Wilmington’s Big Talker 106.7 FM to talk about North Carolina’s film incentives. Sanders explains how the incentives work: “It is basically a reimbursement on spending they have done.” “[If they] reach a threshold for qualified spending…
    Brenee Goforth, August 12, 2019
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    $15/hr. Minimum Wage: What do economists think?

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief focusing on economists’ prevailing views surrounding the minimum wage. Sander’s brief draws on findings from this year’s minimum wage report from the Employment Policies Institute. The report is a survey of 197 economists’ opinions on the impacts of hiking the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 12, 2019
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    Martin Center column explores early college

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center examines the track record for early college in North Carolina. “Early college” is an increasingly popular program that allows students to earn college credit in high school. Among the advantages it offers to high school students is the ability to earn transferable college…
    Mitch Kokai, August 12, 2019