Making some sense on welfare in New Mexico

From the Associated Press, via MSN Money: State proposes work requirement for food stamps By Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration proposes to re-impose and broaden work-related requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps. Starting in October, the state plans to restore a 20-hour-a-week work requirement for …

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Wisconsin Democrat Prosecutors Not Having Fun

HT Hogewash Wisconsin, known as “The birthplace of Progressivism” (view with a grain of salt), had recall elections that didn’t work out so well for Democrats after Governor Walker and the Republicans passed sweeping reforms that severely cut into the slush money Public Employee Unions (and their off-shoots) got out of their subjects — reforms …

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Another unintended consequence?

From The Wall Street Journal: The Full-Time Scandal of Part-Time America Fewer than half of U.S. adults are working full time. Why? Slow growth and the perverse incentives of ObamaCare. By Mortimer Zuckerman | July 13, 2014 6:47 p.m. ET There has been a distinctive odor of hype lately about the national jobs report for …

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Once again, in the states led by Republicans, the economy is getting better faster than in the states led by the Democrats

From The Wall Street Journal: North Carolina Got It Right on Unemployment Benefits Unemployment in the Tar Heel State dropped by 17% in the second half of 2013 after extended benefits expired. By John Hood | July 4, 2014 5:33 p.m. ET Raleigh, N.C. — A year ago, North Carolina became the first state in …

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Economics 101: The #minimumwage, and pricing labor out of the market

From Young Conservatives: This robotics company just released a machine that would CRUSH Democrats’ dreams to raise the minimum wage Posted by: David Rufful June 7, 2014 President Obama and his economically illiterate fellow Democrats love the idea of raising the minimum wage. This new machine ensures that restaurants will no longer have to worry about that threat from Democrats. With humans …

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No mention of the minimum wage at all

From Bloomberg Businessweek Is this the end of waiters? More restaurants are encouraging diners to order by app or kiosk, hoping to cut costs and increase traffic. By Venessa Wong, Businessweek On Tuesday, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, a chain of 151 casual dining restaurants, launched a new app that allows diners to place their orders before …

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Economics 101: you can’t increase costs on businesses without increasing costs on consumers

I found this via Twitter: Obama’s new rules for coal plants are going to be a huge, huge, huge deal: http://t.co/kBckVUtqiR — The New Republic (@tnr) May 27, 2014 to which Mark Buehner replied: @tnr @instapundit shorter- yes, your electricity bill is going up so shut up. — Mark Buehner (@ElBuehn) May 27, 2014   …

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Paul Krugman veers into the weeds again

From The New York Times:  SEARCH Unemployment: It’s Not Personal MAY 17, 2014, 9:34 AM 78 Comments Matt O’Brien has an interesting if depressing piece on long-term unemployment, making the point that long-term unemployment is basically bad luck: if you got laid off in a bad economy, you have a hard time finding a new job, and the longer …

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