Author:Emily Martin

You Decide: Should North Carolina Follow California or Texas?

NC State University - CALS News Commentary  May 21, 2021 California is a high-tax state with an activist government. Texas is the opposite, maintaining lower levels of taxing and government spending. Yet, if California and Texas were sovereign nations, they’d have the world’s 5th and 9th largest economies, respectively. What...

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Region’s Economic Momentum Under the Radar

Greensboro News & Record (Op-Ed) May 16, 2021 Recent announcements by Nestle Purina, Audentes Therapeutics and Ontex Global have Piedmont Triad Partnership President Stan Kelly encouraged about momentum behind the Carolina Core, the asset-based regional initiative uniting four megasites and a labor shed of two million workers....

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Biden and Powell Versus Summers and Dudley

First Trust May 10, 2021 Analysts at First Trust Financial believe the most engaging national debate now underway isn’t between Republicans and Democrats or liberals versus conservatives, it’s between economic experts disputing whether or not to go full steam ahead with more fiscal and monetary “stimulus.” Former...

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Why the Meaning of ‘Infrastructure’ Matters So Much

The New York Times (Editorial) April 26, 2021 Partisan differences over the Biden Administration’s $2 billion infrastructure plan amount to “more than a semantic slap fight.” Debates about the definition of infrastructure are almost as old as the word itself. It began as a railroad term, coined...

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Prices Pop Amid Strong Lumber Demand and Limited Sawmills

BNC (Blog Post) April 26, 2021 Like agriculture, forestry is one of North Carolina’s earliest industries. And it remains significant, with logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper companies. New numbers compiled in 2019 show the sector accounts for more than 73,600 jobs and nearly...

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Businesses Breathe Sigh of Relief After Amazon Defeats Unions

Washington Examiner April 10, 2021 In a defeat for organized labor, workers at a Bessemer, Ala. Amazon facility voted 1,798-738 against unionizing. Unions were hopeful that an affirmative vote could help regenerate interest in the nation’s struggling labor movement. But for US Senator Bernie Sanders, the decision...

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