Last month, union bosses from the AFL-CIO came together at a major convention in Los Angeles to discuss the future of organized labor in the United States. There they unveiled a new “Southern Strategy” aimed at revitalizing unionism. The AFL-CIO’s website noted: What happens in the South affects the nation, and the region’s influence will […]
Rob Christensen of the News & Observer recently published an article in which he claims to uncover “the truth” behind 10 “myths” about North Carolina state government. Disappointingly, Christensen gives short shrift to each point, and his “facts” are deliberately cherry-picked and incomplete in order to fit his preconceived narrative. Christensen does his readers a […]
In many ways, the scandal at the RBTC is only the latest example of the problems inherent in publicly-funded economic development programs.
Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL reported on the scandal but their information was based on only a brief summary of the audit but we weren’t content with that. Here's the whole story.
The article originally appeared in the Durham Herald Sun. Why do you work? When reading that question, any one of several answers likely jumped into your mind. But one answer that I’m willing to bet occurred to none of you is: I work to pay taxes. That noncontroversial assumption goes hand in hand with another […]
Andrew Leager, the owner of Boylan Bridge Brewpub and the Special Projects woodworking shop, both in Raleigh, is just one of many business owners in North Carolina facing regulation from all levels of government. He recently discussed both of his business endeavors and how government is involved. Leager started his business based on a principle […]
An Optometrist’s Journey Dr. Jay Bailey owns Professional Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a family-owned and -operated business where Bailey has accrued 23 years of experience in both practicing optometry and running his own business. Since 1987, Bailey has been committed to following his passion of helping others overcome debilitating vision deficits […]
The experts say the recession ended in 2009; the people in North Carolina say it’s still going on. Moreover, by a large margin they expect it to drag on for two years or more. That’s one finding from our July Civitas Poll which, along with others, reveals widespread pessimism about the economic outlook. We asked […]
Did you venture out to purchase school supplies for your aspiring young scholar during our state’s tax-free weekend? Or, perhaps your child’s school days have long passed and you simply wanted to acquire a new computer without incurring a sales tax. Either way, North Carolina recently held its annual sales tax holiday, during which the […]
The growth of teenage unemployment has ominous implications for the future — but there is a solution, if we are willing to face economic reality. According to a host of sources, joblessness among young people is growing. For example, the Christian Science Monitor said that the unemployment rate for African-Americans in the 16-19 year-old range […]
The founder of the iconic lunch haven Snoopy’s in Raleigh was so infuriated by President Obama saying he hadn’t built the business by himself he put up a sign to answer the President. Watch the video here...
If you check out Forbes Magazine’s List of the Best Places for Business and Careers, you will find a slideshow of silver skyscrapers hailing the prosperity of Raleigh and other North Carolina metro areas – but failing to show economic reality elsewhere in the Tar Heel State. The magazine touts Raleigh as No. 2 in […]
Picture this: a family of four is sitting down at the dinner table enjoying a delicious meal together. Mom asks, “How was school?” A child asks, “What did you do at work today, Dad?” The hungry teenager hastily requests, “Would you pass the potatoes, please?” The family seems happy; all material needs and desires are […]
An organization founded by ex-Sen. John Edwards was meant to fight poverty, but many clues suggest it instead focuses more on fighting partisan battles– and avoiding scrutiny by North Carolina taxpayers. The Center on Work, Poverty, and Opportunity at the UNC School of Law was founded in 2005 as a sort of halfway house for […]
This article originally appeared in the Charlotte Business Journal. North Carolina can improve its dismal 9.4% unemployment rate – currently fourth worst in the nation. To understand what that takes, however, requires an understanding of what makes a state’s economy thrive relative to those of other states. States that thrive are the ones with the […]