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  1. Jul

    $15/hr Min Wage No Cure for Poverty Trap

    Posted in Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Still more evidence of the power of the government welfare poverty trap: Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages […]

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    A link between student financial aid and rising college tuition?

    Posted in Economics, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    The Daily Caller has an interesting piece  that highlights a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York report that says federal student loans and grants are a major contributor to the rising college costs. The report concludes each additional dollar of government student financial aid translated to a tuition hike of about 65 cents. I […]

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    How the Welfare State Creates Poverty Traps

    Posted in Economics, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    I've written in the past about how the Welfare State creates an incentive structure that encourages government dependence over additional work income. In short, it is often the case where a person on government assistance can make themselves worse off by accepting more hours or a better job because the value of the government benefits […]

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    Renewable Mandates Forcing NC Electric Bills Higher

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    A new article up at shows how North Carolina's electricity bills have grown more than twice as fast as regional and national averages since passage of its renewable mandate. By contrast, in the years leading up to the mandate, NC's rates rose far more slowly than national and regional averages. The state’s renewable requirements […]

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    The Raisins of Freedom

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Economics By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    Raisins are certainly not the most inspiring topic. But for one day, the word "raisin" is synonymous with the word "freedom." That's because in a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court yesterday held that the government cannot take a farmer's crops and give nothing in return. The story, which began 80 years ago in the New […]

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