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Arkansas gov. sends back religious freedom law after Walmart pressure
Under pressure from critics including the most powerful employer in Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson has asked for changes to the state's controversial religious freedom law. The move comes a day after the CEO of Arkansas-based Walmart asked the governor to veto the bill, which was approved Tuesday by the Arkansas House. Kccl.com
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In Religious Freedom Uproar, Indiana's Old And New Economies Clash
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he never expected the backlash that has resulted from Indiana’s new religious freedom law. He’s taken to the talk show circuit, most recently on CNN Tuesday, vowing to “fix” the law so it does not allow discrimination against gays, lesbians, and others based on sexual orientation. Forbes
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Kentucky: Our Same-Sex Marriage Ban Isn't Anti-Gay Because It Applies To Straight People, Too
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's administration is arguing the state's ban on same-sex marriage isn't discriminatory because it applies to straight people, too. "Kentucky’s marriage laws treat homosexuals and heterosexuals the same and are facially neutral. Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are free to marry persons of the opposite sex under Kentucky law, and men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex under Kentucky law," the Democratic governor said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court on March 27. Huffington Post
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This Single Reform Would Improve the U.S. Immigration System and Grow the Economy
Tucked away in the Senate's bipartisan, immigration reform legislation of 2013 was an obscure provision referred to as "recapture." The measure, which directs the State Department to allocate unused visas that failed to be issued due to bureaucratic shortcomings from 1992-2013, would help clear the green card backlog and result in roughly 200,000 -- 250,000 immigrant workers and spouses receiving permanent residency. Huffington Post
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Dixie is Dead
Dearly beloved, I come not to praise Dixie, but to bury her. Let’s face it: “Dixie” has become one of those empty words whose only purpose is to convey stereotypes. For political pundits, it’s shorthand for White People South of I-64 (or I-40, it depends) Who Vote Republican. (Mysteriously, although black people can be found in vast numbers in Southern states and arguably have more collective sweat equity in the region than anybody, whenever pundits say “Dixie” they are always talking exclusively about white people.)
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South Georgia Counties Ban Together to Boost Economic Development
South Georgia is showing off its power in numbers through 'Locate South Georgia,' an initiative to bring more industries to the region. "Really branding South Georgia, trying to make sure we have a positive image with all the state wide developers," said Darrell Moore, President of the Moultrie-Colquitt Chamber of Commerce. Wctv.tv
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McCrory expresses displeasure with NC 'religious freedom' law proposals
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory told a Charlotte radio host Monday that he opposes a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings and didn't see the need for a broader religious freedom bill. Wral.com
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Economic development bill stalls in NC Senate
Gov. Pat McCrory has dreams of recruiting an automobile manufacturer, thousands of jobs and scores of companies to invest billions in the state’s economy. Journalnow.com
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The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 1:00 pm CDT.
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Features & Opinion

 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.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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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.  
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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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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