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Why We Like ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws More Than Unions
As another Labor Day rolls around on Monday, a new Gallup survey of Americans’ attitudes about the labor movement shows that just 53 percent still approve of unions and their goals – while the vast majority favors so-called “right to work” laws that have greatly accelerated the decline of private-sector union organizations. Labor unions once had enormous political and economic clout in this country, but their influence and support have waned in the private sector while growing more robustly in the government sector. The Fiscal Times
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Tax Breaks for Tesla? States Should Think Twice
This week’s merger between Burger King and Tim Hortons, and the proposed shift of the American food icon’s headquarters to Canada, has everyone talking about the merits of corporate taxation. But something is missing from this discussion: the billions in tax breaks states lavish upon corporations to lure their operations. You cannot talk about the corporate tax burden honestly without accounting for these subsidies. The Fiscal Times
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American Manufacturing: Through the Eyes of Tesla
It's no secret that Tesla Motors is one of America's premier autmotive manufacturers. Their success in making luxury zero-emission electric vehicles helped them land a spot on the 2014 IW US 500 list. With the creative leadership of Elon Musk, the company continues to grow. This gallery highlights how American Manufacturing isn't dead, it is very much alive. Industryweek.com
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The New Volkswagen Model: Minority Unionism
When the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted in February on whether to unionize, the stakes were high. A victory would create a foothold for labor in the elusive South, while a defeat could be interpreted as a sign of the labor movement’s inexorable decline. inthesetimes.com
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The Juiciest Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor
The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife went into closing arguments today. At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled seriously juicy details about the McDonnells' personal life. We haven't given the trial much coverage around here. So, before the jury hands down its verdict, we wanted to catch you up on some of the juiciest bits to emerge from the testimony. NPR
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Oklahoma Becomes Second State to Lose NCLB Waiver
Oklahoma is officially losing its No Child Left Behind waiver, a move that will label most of the state’s schools as failing to meet federal guidelines and will tie up as much as $30 million in federal funding. State Superintendent Janet Barresi accused the Obama administration of putting money and politics before the education of Oklahoma students in revoking the waiver Thursday. Oklahomawatch.org
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Landrieu claims parents’ home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency
NEW ORLEANS — In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. Washington Post
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Explosion Shakes BP’s Largest Oil Refinery In The U.S.
A fire broke out at BP’s largest U.S. refinery on Wednesday night after a compressor exploded in one of the refinery’s units, sending shakes through local homes and injuring one worker, according to media reports. Think Progress
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The Politics Of Every Major U.S. Religion, In One Chart
For many political analysts, it’s an established truism that religion — for better or worse — is a force to be reckoned with in American politics. The religious affiliation of candidates (or lack thereof) is at least a minor point of discussion in virtually every election, and pundits regularly pour over data about the “Evangelical vote,” the “Catholic vote,” and even the “nonreligious vote.” Implicit in all of this number-crunching is the idea that when it comes to a American voter’s political opinions, religion matters. Think Progress
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Ralph Nader hits Democrats on minimum wage
Ralph Nader is mad as hell that Congress hasn’t raised the minimum wage. The four-time presidential candidate on Thursday ripped into congressional Democrats’ attempts to “play politics” on raising the wage to $10.10 an hour by not putting more muscle behind an obscure procedural tactic that could force a vote on raising the wage. Politico
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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