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Bill Schweke

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Employee rights (and wrongs)

Like a lot of people, I am a big fan of the television show, “Dirty Jobs,” on the Discovery Cable Network. Every week, the show’s host goes out for a day and works at an always challenging, sometimes disgusting and often dangerous job. ...
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New directions for North Carolina’s rural economies

The hard truth of the matter is that the vast majority of struggling rural counties will not land a major manufacturer or some other kind of large private facility. In many cases, they will not halt their population decline. In many respects, they will not control their destiny. ...
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Extremism in the defense of “liberty” is a vice

Though it was penned nearly half a century ago in support of a losing candidate, many Americans are still familiar with the phrase, authored by speechwriter, Karl Hess, for presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, which stated: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” ...
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Obama between a rock and a hard place on the economy

The Obama Administration already has a remarkably full plate - health care reform, cap-and-trade climate legislation, financial regulation, immigration policy, et cetera, et cetera. And that's just on the domestic policy front. ...
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Education reform is the key to sustainable economic recovery

A consulting buddy of mine used to say that "there are three modes of existence in life and in economic development - you can flourish, cope or die."

This is the pickle that both the U.S. and North Carolina find themselves in today as the recession takes its toll in the form of permanent layoffs, rising joblessness and falling incomes and tax receipts.

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Assessing the responses to the meltdown

Ever since the global capitalist system almost collapsed when Bank of America quaked and Lehman Brothers went under, there has been no shortage of worthwhile books, articles, and pamphlets. Indeed, there has been a virtual deluge of reform prescriptions. ...
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Dell’s factory sell-off and North Carolina

The recent announcement by the Dell Corporation that it was planning to sell its factories to cut costs should have come as no surprise. Today’s new global economy is characterized by a frantic effort by business in thousands of market niches to offer the cheapest, fastest, and/or best product available. Any competitive advantage is short-lived. Even keeping up requires you to stay ahead. ...
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North Carolina needs more sunshine on its business subsidy programs

The first thing any personal finance expert will tell you is that before you make any decisions on how you budget your money, you first figure out how much you are spending and where it is going. Although many of us don’t heed that advice for our own purposes, we might expect the people minding our government budgets to have a good handle on that information. ...
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CFED Reports NC Tax-based Subsidies are Increasing

North Carolina needs further accountability on economic development spending A new report examining North Carolina’s economic development spending says that while state spending is rising sharply, tax breaks are growing to represent nearly all of the state’s economic ...
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Are we really one North Carolina?

North Carolina is a perplexing state. When one looks at its key economic, technological and workforce indicators, you would expect them to be stronger. While the state enjoys lots of good numbers regarding higher education, employment generation, innovation assets, and other similar measures, it features very troubling indicators when it comes to inequality (between households and different regions) and a workforce that is losing ground with respect to pay and required skills. ...
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