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In oil-friendly Okla., Gov. Fallin moved slowly on 'awkward' issue of quakes
OKLAHOMA CITY -- As she knocked on the federal government's door for aid in the wake of a damaging earthquake in 2011, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) avoided talking about one aspect of the earthquake -- its cause. Too "awkward," said Fallin's communications director, Alex Weintz. Eenews.com
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Wal-Mart says reshoring not a ‘PR stunt,’ Hutchinson seeks ‘share of attention’
Wal-Mart officials opened the second day of their manufacturing summit with a video of legendary co-founder Sam Walton saying in a speech years ago that “buying American-made products should be what all retailers are doing.” Thecitywire.com
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Workers can still lose jobs for being gay
One of the first things I thought about after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal across the country was this: How horrible would it be to finally marry the person you love and then lose your job because the boss found out you’re gay. You might have assumed gay and lesbian workers are protected from that kind of workplace discrimination, but in a majority of states, they aren’t. There is no federal nondiscrimination law that protects workers based on sexual orientation, and only 22 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws of their own. Some cities and towns have enacted nondiscrimination ordinances that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but even those have come under attack in recent years. In Arkansas and Tennessee, state legislators passed laws prohibiting such local nondiscrimination ordinances. Dailyitem.com
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A little more context behind how hard Americans say they work
Jeb Bush caused quite a stir when he said Americans need to work longer hours to gain more income for their families. “Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we are going to get out of this rut that we’re in,” the Republican presidential candidate said in New Hampshire Wednesday. Wtvr.com
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Petitions circulate in favor of raising Missouri’s minimum wage
Three different proposed initiative petitions could raise Missouri’s minimum wage from $7.65 per hour to $11.00, $12.00 or $15.00 per hour. On June 2, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that the petitions were approved for circulation. The three petitions were submitted by Lara Granich, director of the nonprofit group Missouri Jobs with Justice, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. The goal of all three is to raise the minimum wage, but each petition’s implementation plan differs slightly. Themaneater.com
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Why More Jobs Could Come Back From Overseas
For decades now, the American middle class has stood idly by as millions of jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries. Globalization and the ubiquitous cheap labor found in Central and South America, as well as Asia, have led to a mass exodus of manufacturing and factory jobs out of the United States. As a result, millions of American families have had to make do by adapting, or fighting it out over what few jobs remained. While this has more or less been the story for quite some time now, there is reason for optimism — particularly in economically ravaged regions of the Midwest, where manufacturing represented the backbone of the economy. Cheatsheet.com
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Gov. Scott touting 240 new jobs to Sebring
Hot on the heels of an announcement that a Hillsborough County company was expanding operations to create 100 new jobs, Florida Governor Rick Scott’s office announced another 240 jobs are coming to Sebring. The company, CitraPac, is opening a new manufacturingfacility at the Sebring Airport in a new 37,000 square-foot facility in Sebring Commerce Park. The project brings $14 million in capital investment to the area. Sunshinestatenews.com
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BEST TEXAS ROADTRIPS FOR ART SEEKERS
Texas is a huge state, filled with diverse communities of people and places. Many of the bigger cities are beginning to identify themselves as art outposts. Thanks to the arts and design districts in Dallas, the tree-lined museum district in Houston and the stunning Kimbell, Amon Carter and Modern Museum in Fort Worth, Texas is earning a reputation in the outside art world. But with summer in full swing, we thought we'd explore some lesser known art destinations in our great state, perfect for a weekend getaway. Dallasobserver.com
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FOR JOBLESS TEXANS, CHEAP OIL COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE
The feast is over, and famine has returned to the oil patch in its endlessly repeated cycle. An oil field worker rolling in $15,000 one month is out of a job the next. It's fast money, but there's nothing romantic about it. The boom-and-bust cycle creates a constant struggle for families. The oil field worker is always getting reacquainted with his loved ones, and he's always a heartbeat away from disaster — maybe a layoff, but often something worse. Dallasobserver.com
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Next: expanding health coverage
AUSTIN — The latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has created a new wave of activism. Texas health advocates are working to close the health care coverage gap for the state's 1.5 million uninsured adults. Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of Center for Public Policy Priorities, says working families are paying the price for the state's decision not to expand Medicaid coverage. She says a family of four earning $25,000 a year, considered above the poverty line, can pay as little as $45 a month for coverage with federal subsidies. Fortstocktonpioneer.com
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 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
 Randle Report - Business News in the South
Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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