Archives: Michael L. Walden

  •  Causes and challenges of North Carolina’s revenue surge

    A year ago, in the midst of the pandemic, all hands were wringing about shortages – shortages of food, everyday essentials, salaries, and government revenues. State budget experts were expecting revenue shortfalls of between 5% and 10%. Massive layoffs of state workers were possible, even possibly reaching into the ranks…

  • What economic lessons can the pandemic teach us?

    The Covid-19 pandemic may be the biggest story of our lifetimes, impacting us for decades. In a new book titled “Economics in One Virus,” author Ryan Bourne shows how the circumstances, debates, and policies related to dealing with the pandemic and its accompanying recession can be used…

  • How will the workforce change? 

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors, and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job.    It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering…

  • Legislature Should Split Education Committees

    Sarah Curry on need to split legislative education committees; Mike Walden on key obstacles to continued employment growth; Mark Martin on need for judicial branch commission; James Piereson on why talk of inequality diverts attention from real problem…

  • Politics Behind Call For Newby To Avoid Maps Case

    John Hood on push for justice to recuse himself from redistricting; Vikram Rao on fracking research; Mike Walden on recession in N.C.; Jim Horne, Scott Saylor & legislators on possible sale of N.C. Railroad; Jeanette Doran on ruling against Durham vendor…

  • Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Lands on N.C. Ballot

    Rick Henderson on constitutional amendment session; Mike Walden on changes to spur economic recovery; advocates debate same-sex marriage amendment; Juan Zarate on anti-terrorism polices in post-9/11 era; Roy Cordato on impact of EPA regulations.

  • What’s a worker worth?

    Pro athletes, entertainers, and top business executives earn millions, while teachers, nurses, and police officers take home much smaller paychecks. Why?…