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A Cascade of Failures: Why Government Fails, and How to Stop It
In this research paper, Paul C. Light writes that the “first step in preventing future failures is to find a reasonable set of past failures that might yield lessons for repair.” To meet this goal, Light asks four key questions about past federal government failures: (1) where did government fail, (2) why did government fail, (3) who caused the failures, and (4) what can be done to fix the underlying problems? Brookings Institution
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SES to create 450 jobs with expansion of Huntsville Manufacturing Operations
FARNBOROUGH – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced Science and Engineering Services LLC (SES) expects to add 450 jobs in Huntsville over the next five years as part of a nearly $70 million expansion of its Alabama manufacturing operations. Dothanfirst.com
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First on CNN: Rubio to court South Carolina conservatives
Marco Rubio, the Florida Senator and possible White House contender, will court some of the Republican Party’s most conservative voters with a visit to South Carolina next month. CNN
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Answer Man: The lowdown on fracking in NC
Sometimes, the Answer Man column turns into a mini-dissertation. Today is one of those days, and fracking is one of those subjects. Here’s the question, with my smart-aleck response and the real deal. Question: Those new political ads on TV have really caught my attention. Would you please find out where fracking is going on in North Carolina and list how far each of the sites is from Asheville? Citizen-Times
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NC Gov. McCrory: 'Door open' to Medicaid expansion
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said Monday he would leave the door open to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act if federal officials allow his state to craft a plan that fits its own individual needs. Washington Post
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How North Carolina Turned So Red So Fast
Until Republicans took control, the state had long been known as an outpost of Southern progressivism. This year’s elections may indicate whether the state’s shift to the hard right is in step with most voters. Governing.com
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States Aren't Willing to Tax the Super Rich More
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last month vetoed a tax increase on any income over $1 million, no one was surprised. The Republican vetoed similar tax increases on the wealthy in 2010, 2011 and 2012, arguing that the state’s richest residents would flee to other states, taking much-needed tax revenues and jobs with them. Governing.com
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House Passes Short-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund
President Barack Obama hopped into the driver's seat of an automobile simulator Tuesday, but the feeling of flying along at 90 mph lasted only as long as the photo opportunity. "I think I had a little bit of a lead foot," he joked later, noting that he hasn't driven a real car in six years. "It got me a little queasy." Governing.com
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Has S&P Been Exaggerating Local Governments' Stability?
A financial analyst questioned the rating upgrades issued by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) to many local governments, saying he was “skeptical” of the agency’s scoring. He noted such practices could encourage ratings shopping by issuers. Governing.com
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ROVE AMERICAN CROSSROADS IN MISSISSIPPI CONTROVERSY
Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary: American Spectator
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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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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.
 
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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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