by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The state budget may be spared economists’ worst fears from the COVID pandemic, according to a new tax revenue forecast. New estimates for the current fiscal year are $4.1 billion rosier than the prediction made in May, says the new consensus revenue forecast released Thursday, Feb. 11, by…

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by John Hood RALEIGH — When will North Carolina’s economy return to normal, or at least to a “new normal”? Unfortunately, that destination is many months away, if not years. Still, we’ll know we’re making progress when we can see the most damaging events of 2020 only in our rearview mirrors. For example, entrepreneurs, investors,…

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By John Hood Among the pagan-inspired customs of the Christmas season, there has come to be the ritualistic burning of the straw man. Specifically, I refer to the traditional seasonal column by a sly journalist or political analyst asserting that the exchange of Christmas gifts is a major lose-lose for the economy. I’ve read pretty…

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