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    Is North Carolina the Worst Place to Work in America?

    If you believe the recently released “report” by Oxfam America, North Carolina is the worst state for workers in the U.S. Oxfam is described as “a national charity organization that focuses on labor policy and human rights.” But their report gets things completely backward. And in an attempt to…
    Brian Balfour, September 7, 2021
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    Supporting Innovation: Locke’s Jordan Roberts Explains Why a ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ Is Smart Policy

    Yes, the name is sorta funny — a ‘regulatory sandbox.’ But in an age of rapid innovation, it’s the type of forward thinking that aims to support entrepreneurial efforts while keeping in place a lighter level of oversight that doesn’t hinder economic growth and hold back new technologies. Locke’s…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2021
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    Soaking the rich with a wealth tax

    It’s so easy to let jealousy trump good sense. I think that’s what a ‘wealth tax’ is all about. A wealth tax, you see, is much more than hiking taxes on high earners because you think they don’t pay their ‘fair share.’ It’s about taking away the fruits of…
    Donna Martinez, January 21, 2021
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    Economic Growth? Fairness? Poll Shows What Voters Value Most

    With election season underway, we will hear some candidates talk about the need for ‘fairness’ in our economic system. So do voters think that’s important? Here are the results from a recent Rasmussen survey on the issue of economic growth and economic fairness: Voters continue to prioritize making sure…
    Donna Martinez, August 30, 2018
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    JLF Senior Fellow Garland Tucker: Sarbanes-Oxley Is Suffocating Our Capital Markets

    Writing at, JLF Senior Fellow Garland Tucker alerts us to a looming problem of potentially huge consequences. Substantially more capital is raised today in the private markets than in the public markets – as opposed to the decades prior to 2010. As private capital raises have increased, public…
    Donna Martinez, May 14, 2018
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    KY superintendent wrong about tax cuts

    Nicholas Brake, superintendent of the Owensboro Independent School District in Kentucky, published an op-ed in Education Week titled, “Want to Support Public Schools? Stop Cutting Taxes.”  Brake writes, The fiscal policies being pursued in many states—and at the national level with the tax plan recently signed by the president—are…
    Terry Stoops, April 27, 2018
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    6 Reasons Conservatives Celebrate NC’s Progress

    Rainy-day reserves. Highway cost-effectiveness. education cost-effectiveness. Tax competitiveness. Economic growth. Labor market improvement. John Hood looks at the six reasons North Carolina conservatives celebrate our state’s progress.   Bottom line: pro-growth policies are fueling North Carolina’s rise.
    Donna Martinez, April 4, 2018
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    Trump’s Tariffs a Wet Blanket on the Economy … and the GOP

    On Monday’s edition of “Capital Tonight,” Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal talked with host Tim Boyum about the impact of President Trump’s tariffs. WATCH his comments about the trade war.
    Donna Martinez, April 3, 2018