What’s behind the productivity slump?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press. But behind all these headline...

Hillary’s student debt plan has three fatal flaws

by Robert Luebke Last week, Hillary Clinton took to her Twitter page to ask millennials how they would express their feelings about student loan debt, “in 3 emojis or less.” The responses varied from funny to sad and tragic, but I can tell you that Hillary’s proposed “free”...

Defining terms shapes debate

by John Hood Are you an epicurean? The answer to this question reveals something about you, something about the English language, and something about the power of propaganda. Next year, North Carolina and the nation will enter a momentous election year. Print, broadcast, and...

Serious proposal or budget tactic?

by Patrick Gannon As the House and Senate work toward a final state budget compromise for this fiscal year, it’s sometimes difficult to separate serious legislative proposals that have a chance of passing both chambers from negotiating tactics. Both Republican-controlled chambers...

NC city earns dubious distinction

by John Hood If you ever thought that complaining about the tax system was a modern phenomenon, I can disabuse you of the notion in two sentences. The first, shorter one has an ancient pedigree. “The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes,”...

The not-enough-jobs scenario

 An economic fallacy (but possibly an accurate forecast) by Dr. Mark Hendrickson Once again, a scholar with impressive credentials is broadcasting the gloomy notion that Americans face a job-poor future. The insufficient-jobs scenario appeared in George Mason University economist...

Lawmakers warn of solar farm cleanup costs

By Dan Way Carolina Journal/Zenger News State Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, warns North Carolina “may be on the way to [becoming] the next Superfund site” because it lacks a closure plan for hundreds of millions of tons of solar farm materials containing hazardous substances when...

NC Senate moves on incentives, medicaid

By Matt Caulder NC Capitol Connection/Zenger News The Senate advanced two bills Monday night (Aug. 10) in an attempt to defuse two issues that had helped clog up the budget process. The bills had both been passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier that day. But...

Bad bill would meddle in N.C. economy

by Brian Balfour With the economic collapse of the last decade brought on largely due to the bursting of the housing bubble, does anybody still think it a good idea for government to encourage investments in “underserved” populations — investments that wouldn’t otherwise be made...

N.C. Economy compares well

by John Hood Remember a couple of years ago, when North Carolina’s unemployment rate was falling rapidly? Critics of the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory denied that the state’s labor market was truly getting better. Instead, they said, discouraged workers were...

Turnover taints McCrory administration

by Patrick Gannon When Transportation Secretary Tony Tata abruptly announced his resignation last week, he became the latest in a series of defections from Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration. Since he took the helm of state government in 2013, McCrory has lost a transportation...

Taxpayers suffering unintended consequences of solar farms

Dr. Herbert M. Eckerlin Since I have been involved in the solar industry for many years, people from across North Carolina often call me with their solar questions. One of the more recent questions is, “Who is paying for all these solar farms?” To properly answer this question,...