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Local zoning a drag on the economy, promoter of inequality?

Fascinating piece in the New York Times about how local zoning and development regulations that are “anti-growth” may, in fact, be slowing economic growth as much as $1.5 trillion per year. Essentially, in fast-growing communities where there are more jobs and… Continue Reading →

The roots of the European/Middle Eastern migration crisis

Interesting essay by Walter Russell Mead in the Wall Street Journal today. In places his analysis strikes me as a bit too simplistic, but I’m not an expert in the field. It’s certainly worth reading if you’re wondering about the historical… Continue Reading →

Study: Expanding N.C. Medicaid would create 43,000 jobs

According to a study funded by two state foundations, expanding Medicaid in North Carolina could create about 43,000 jobs and $22 billion in new business activity. (In addition, of course, to the benefits that would accrue to individuals who would… Continue Reading →

Red states are using Obamacare to rip themselves off

This will not deter any of the ACA-haters, of course, but this analysis of the impact of GOP refusals to participate in healthcare expansions is very interesting. North Carolina is one of about 15 red states, Ezra Klein says, that… Continue Reading →

Why you’re not getting a raise, part 2

The Washington Post has an interesting piece exploring the “hollowing out” of the middle class, a phenomena that North Carolina — and the Triad area of North Carolina especially — has been at ground zero at. In 1979, middle-skill jobs… Continue Reading →

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