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The big squeeze on Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs

/   David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

After my column on non-compete clauses was published earlier today, I heard back from a two more sources. Steve Glickman is a co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan policy organization that analyzes data on the connection between innovation and economic growth. Glickman’s take: “Non-competes, which cover roughly 20% of American workers, reduce economic dynamism by…

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Trump’s Quiet Economic Crisis

/   Steve Glickman & John Lettieri, Fox News

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.”  The opening words of President Trump’s inaugural address likely foreshadow the theme for his first address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday – an opportunity to define his…

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Unlike most cities, Charleston has added businesses since the recession

/   Thad Moore, The Post and Courier

Their new company had graduated from a garage to a warehouse, and it had gone from a nights-and-weekends pursuit a full-time endeavor. So last fall, Jim Luby and Drew Wynne decided to quit their jobs. Barista Vending had gone from selling iced coffee at the farmers market to distributing kegs of their cold brew to…

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Fewer startups a reason for worry, but solutions exist in NC

/   Christopher Gergen & Stephen Martin, The News & Observer

There are many indicators of economic health in a state, including job growth, capital investment and new real estate development to name a few. But a recent report from the Economic Innovation Group has analyzed economic dynamism through another lens: the number of new firms born versus the number of new firms that die. Essentially,…

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New Anti-Poverty Legislation Aimed at Private Investors

/   Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review

A bipartisan group of congressmen recently introduced a new bill intended to reinvigorate America’s poorest communities. The Investing in Opportunity Act (IOA) will allow investors to temporarily delay paying capital-gains taxes on their investments if they choose to reinvest the money into “opportunity zones” or distressed communities across the country. The legislation was cosponsored in…

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Report: After Recession, Metro Areas Are Losing Businesses

/   Leah Binkovitz, The Rivard Report

Since the recession, the number of cities losing more businesses than adding new ones has been consistently higher than in the previous three decades. The trend, addressed in a new report from the Economic Innovation Group, highlights how the country’s economy shifted in the wake of the recession and has concentrated its growth in a handful…

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