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Economist’s View Column: Growler regs aren’t about protecting consumers

This op ed appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on July 12th, 2019 In March 2011, Clint MacFarlane, who had been home-brewing and developing his own recipes since 2006, opened a brewery in Castle Danger. He began self-distributing via 13 local bars and restaurants and selling growlers three nights a week from the 700-square-foot brewery. By 2014, a 10,000-square-foot production facility with taproom was being built in Two Harbors. That year, 1,500 barrels of beer were produced. By 2017, that was up to 14,800 barrels, quantity going hand in hand with quality. In 2018, Castle Danger beat Minneapolis-based Surly to become...

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Where Do Phones Come From? A Manufactured Fact of Life

The National Association of Manufacturers recently announced (July 9, 2019) “a member-driven campaign to raise at least $10 million for the newly established ‘Creators Wanted Fund.’” Among other things, the campaign aims to reduce the skills gap by 600,000 workers by 2025; increase the number of students in technical and vocational schools by 25 percent; and increase from 27 percent to 50 percent “the number of parents who would encourage their children to pursue a career in modern manufacturing.”...

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“Busting the College-Industrial Complex”

Center of the American Experiment kicked-off our ongoing project “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” about three years ago. It would be inaccurate to say we had the issue to ourselves, but the number of people back then noting we were on to something distinctive and important was substantial, as they said so all the time. Suffice it to say, the issue, broadly conceived, is far from overlooked anymore....

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