Posted in Media Moore County Politics

Moore, Montgomery taxpayers to EAT $100K in economic development #FAIL?

That’s what we’re hearing.  Influential folks in high places are telling us that Moore County Partners in Progress — the county’s economic development group — and Montgomery County are planning to “forgive” the $50,000 loans they bestowed upon the Heart of Carolina Mega Park in…

Posted in Jerry Tillman Media NC legislature Politics

#ncga: Why the sudden interest in solar energy?

Out of the blue, government goodies for solar energy providers has become the rage on Jones Street.  No one really saw this coming.  It’s not really on anyone’s radar as one of the most important issues for state government.  (It couldn’t be some of that…

Posted in Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#ncga: And the corporate welfare just keeps coming!

I was intrigued when I saw “The Tax Relief Act of 2015” on the House agenda today.  It’s too bad that it’s relief ONLY for datacenters.  HB 934, introduced by Reps. (Jason) Saine, (John) Szoka and (Bill) Brawley, provides a sweet tax deduction for equipment and…

Posted in Congress Media NC legislature NCGOP

#NCGA: Speaker’s team issues talking points to help spin NC Competes Act & gas tax hike

Our cadre of spies on Jones Street has struck pay-dirt once again.  We have in our clutches a March 6 email authored by Mollie Young, House Speaker Tim Moore’s director of communications.  The missive is an apparent effort to help House members and other interested parties “sell” the…

Posted in Media NC legislature

#ncga: Lights, Camera … WELFARE !!!!

Well, they approved $45 million in corporate welfare after turning down TWENTY MILLION for being too much last session.  Movie incentives also got shot down.  So far, this year it appears all bets are off.   It appears Senator Bill “Tax-Hike ” Rabon is teaming…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature

#ncga: Pay raises for Speaker Moore’s staff. A gas tax hike for US.

The drive-bys gave us a peek at the salaries of all of new House speaker Tim Moore’s staff.  Most staffers got raises in the ballpark of twenty percent.   One aide – who had been working on Jones Street since 2012 — got a nearly…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP

#ncga: Are you ready for some welfare? (Corporate welfare, that is. $45 MILLION.)

The “conservative revolution” rolls on.  We’ve obtained a draft of a bill (dated February 4) being drafted and pushed by legislative leaders (read REPUBLICANS) seeking $45 million bucks worth of corporate welfare from my wallet and yours. Last session, rebellious elements within the House Republican caucus…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Monkey Business Update: party disloyalty, HB 1224, and film incentives back from the dead

Well, the effort to bring party disloyalty into the debate on HB 1224 blew up rather unceremoniously.   Apparently, some ”pain-in-the-ass-teabagger web site”   spilled the beans before the plan could get underway.  Sources inside the GOP House caucus meeting on Monday told us that Speaker…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Civitas boss: We WILL be watching on HB 1224

General Assembly Republicans had a rather heated caucus meeting about the controversial HB 1224 legislation on Monday.  Sources in the caucus meeting told us that sources close to speaker Thom Tillis claimed that members would get a “pass” from Civitas Action if they went ahead…

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#NCSEN: Fact-checking the Ex-Im Bank, corporate welfare discussion

The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney has waded into our marquee election.  I am typically a big fan of Carney.  (I even bought ONE of his books.)  But painting Thom Tillis as an anti-corporate welfare warrior doing battle with corporatist Kay Hagan is a bit too…