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America's Fragmented Water Systems
The severe drought gripping the Western United States has put a national spotlight on America’s relationship to water. Indeed, the changing landscape of our nation’s water supply necessarily demands a critical look at our water sector and at opportunities to improve the way we regulate, price, and consume water. In this post, we explore the current state of the U.S. water sector and the challenges of a de-centralized system. Brookings.edu
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Out to LUNCH
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 1:30 pm CDT.
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The South's Best Gastropubs
Gastropubs, a portmanteau of “gastronomy” and “pub,” are a new hybrid of eating and drinking establishment rippling through the South. This genre of boisterous gathering spots, which originated in London in the early 1990s, meshes seamlessly with our region’s hottest food trends right now: local and seasonal; snout-to-tail whole-animal cooking; reconnection to our agrarian past; and a renewed celebration of artisan libations. All these elements play out in casual, tavern-like atmospheres, taking the pomp out of serious dining. Southernliving.com
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The South's Best Bakeries
Oh, the beauty of a statuesque layer cake, always the belle on a buffet of Southern desserts. The cakes I love from these five bakeries possess professional twists—a finesse to the presentation or a unique flavor combination that would make it darn tricky to pass off as your own at an office party or family reunion. Southernliving.com
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Fan Delays Florida Debate, and Mocking Circulates Online
MIAMI — Clinging to caricature, Florida has once again stumbled into political farce. This time by way of a fan, a small black Vornado Air Circulator tucked discreetly — some said improperly — beneath former Gov. Charlie Crist’s lectern during Wednesday’s high-stakes governor’s race debate. New York Times
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Lousy Economic Growth Is a Choice, Not an Inevitability
Some of this reflects unfortunate, enduring after-effects of the global financial crisis and the Great Recession. But the notion that all this is inevitable and economic policy has done all that it can do is defeatist and wrong. Take the U.S. and Europe. Brookings.edu
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9 Senate Races That Will Change the Balance of Power
The race for control of the Senate is turning into an epic political battle which may not be decided until the final days of the campaign – or possibly even after the Nov. 4 general election. The Fiscal Times
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In North Carolina, Thom Tillis is the Last Holdout Against Gay Marriage
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thanks to three court rulings over the last week, North Carolina has become the most southern state where same-sex marriage is clearly legal, and dozens of gay couples have wasted no time getting married. But conservatives are still waging a desperate rear-guard action to prevent it — at considerable cost to the taxpayers — and one of them happens to be the Republican candidate for senator. New York Times
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Senate Update: Georgia On My Mind
Something funny happened in FiveThirtyEight’s Senate forecast over the last two days. The overall odds haven’t moved much — Republicans have a 61 percent chance of winning a Senate majority — but the second-most competitive race is now in a state that hasn’t been paramount in the minds of most political analysts: Georgia. Fivethirtyeight.com
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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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