Tag:economy

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…

  • Reversing the U.S. slip-and-slide in math

    Here’s a new math fact for a new school year: The U.S. will launch the year at the back of the global classroom. Other countries have surged ahead, populating a global STEM pipeline that teems with talent. Yet despite hundreds of billions of dollars in annual education spending and years…

  • Seeking protection, rather than competition

    Americans are upset. Some are just mildly unhappy, others seem miserable, many are plain mad. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports that more than half have believed the country is “on the wrong track” in every month since February 2005. A Pew survey reveals most of us have been…

  • Learning to question claims about ‘economic impact’

    Economic development is a game, and it’s played by its own special set of rules. At its core, it involves taking public money and spending it on private companies, which is also presented as a gain for the public as a whole. That’s especially true for stadiums and other facilities…

  • John Locke Foundation, N.C. Justice Center tout occupational licensing reform

    The John Locke Foundation’s Becki Gray and Jon Sanders and the N.C. Justice Center’s Bill Rowe tout the potential benefits of occupational licensing reform in North Carolina. Gray, Sanders, and Rowe delivered these comments Jan. 21, 2016, to an occupational licensing boards subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight…