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Yesterday, ace Carolina Journal reporter Dan Way brought a fascinating yet frightening UNESCO email to my attention. The organization announced a new campaign that calls on teachers "to become advocates for education to help lobby for progress toward achieving the new sustainable development agenda.
Many times we hear about the state of North Carolina entering into agreements with corporations to promote economic development, but did you know that local municipalities do the same?
North Carolina lawmakers still cannot agree to a final budget. The Senate saw difficulty in compromise, so they decided to move their economic development and Medicaid reform plans out of the budget and into stand-alone bills. Unfortunately, even with this change, the two chambers were unable to...
Increasingly, city officials have been using municipal-level resources to participate in economic development activities. These efforts have replicated approaches utilized by state and federal officials, albeit on a smaller scale. This study surveys North Carolina's most populous cities and...
In an article from WRAL.com lamenting the fact that economic development grants made by the state of North Carolina did not "create" as many jobs as originally intended, John Skvarla, North Carolina's Commerce Secretary and number 1 cheerleader for taxpayer funded business incentives, stated that...
This year's legislative session turned out to be an ideological struggle, not between Republicans and Democrats but between two factions within the Republican Party. This tension goes to the heart of one's belief in free markets as the most moral and efficient way to organize economic activity...
As the nation's sub-par economic recovery continues, tax revenues to state coffers are not rising as rapidly as in past periods of robust economic growth. Some left-leaning groups in North Carolina have attempted to seize upon this as an opportunity to criticize the state's 2013 tax cuts as a...
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) announced today that North Carolina has received a $746,800 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help North Carolina companies increase international sale
Governor Pat McCrory met this afternoon with local government and economic development leaders in Eden to discuss the announced closing of the MillerCoors plant there.
Remember the old tale about a drunken man crawling around under a lamppost? Dating at least as far back as 1924, the joke starts off with a police officer approaching the drunk to ask what he's looking for. In earlier versions of the joke, it's a dollar bill. In later versions, it's a set of car...
The rhetorical case for renewable energy seems, at its core, to be this: Why rely on traditional sources that burn expensive energy and emit carbon dioxide when you can replace them with energy freely provided by nature that emits nothing?
North Carolina's largest cities dealt with nearly 240 economic development contracts and promised $65 million in incentives from 2009 to 2014
This year's legislative session turned out to be an ideological struggle, not between Republicans and Democrats, but between two factions within the Republican Party. (The factions exist outside the GOP as well, but Republicans control the governor's office and hold supermajorities to make...
Several Randolph County municipalities and civic organizations have indicated official support for Governor Pat McCrory's Connect NC bond proposal. The City of Asheboro, Randolph County, the Randolph County Tourism and Development Authority, the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation and t
Governor Pat McCrory's Connect NC bond initiative will pump $734 million into our state's distinguished universities and community colleges for facility upgrades and improvements. Of that, $534 million will be directed to the University of North Carolina System and $200 million will be allocated...
Momentum for Governor Pat McCrory's Connect NC bond proposal continues to build as counties across the state express official support for the initiative. Currituck, Cabarrus, Dare and Sampson Counties have all passed resolutions expressing support for placing the Connect NC bonds on the ballot in...
Governor Pat McCrory will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled "Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation Part II" on Tuesday. In his capacity as a member of the Executive...
Governor McCrory recognizes that our state's transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in attracting and retaining businesses, while connecting people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation. That's why he created a 25-year vision to map our future and determine how to best...
I am using the word "saga" in the sense of an old story that has repeated itself over an over through out history.
It's created a huge economic boom in the Dakotas. Environmentalists want you to believe it will poison your children and kill your ability to have children. In any case, fracking is revolutionizing the energy industry. It's giving our economy a much needed boost.
With this week's vote and debate on whether or not to proceed with building the Keystone XL pipeline, most of the arguments have centered around economic claims, in particular the pipeline's impact on oil prices and jobs. Personally, my support for the pipeline has nothing to do with either of...
A new report, funded by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, makes what the Foundation and the report's authors at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) obviously believe to be a strong case for new spending on highway infrastructure in North Carolina. The title of the...
This holiday used to be a day to do something special for the one you love -- today it is a moneymaking event for retailers and the government alike. The National Retail Federation hosts an annual Valentine's Day Survey that focuses on what people will spend their money on for the holiday...
Over the past several weeks, I have been discussing some of the silliness surrounding the analysis of lower oil and gasoline prices. It was pointed out here and here that the main reason why lower prices, if sustained, will lead to economic growth is that they will reduce the cost of production...
There is a proposition in public choice economics called the "special interest effect." It basically argues that government grows because, for most government programs, there are concentrated beneficiaries and diffused cost bearers. What this means is that the benefits of government programs will...
Religious liberty - which is the first right secured in the Bill of Rights - has won again in the nation's highest court. In a unanimous decision this week (Holt v. Hobbs), the U.S. Supreme Court has held that an Arkansas state prison policy that prohibited inmates from growing beards...
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