Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature Politics

Re job creation: less Apple & Amazon, more what’s ALREADY THERE.

Yes, THAT is the message from some Establishment pointy-head types at The Brookings Institute writing in Harvard Business Review: Amazon’s highly visible search for a second headquarters has offered one tremendous public benefit: it has raised public awareness of what bad economic development is. Even…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: GIMME FIVE DOLLARS!

Shame on you, Greene County.   Instead of deregulating, cutting taxes, or taking other steps to improve your business climate, you’re once again looking to squeeze some more money out of your worn-out taxpayers. Check out this bill from Senator Don Davis (D).   It allows county…

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 campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#ncga: GOP senator slams state Commerce Dept., economic incentives AND Atlanta

It’s kind of refreshing to hear this talk from one of the powers-that-be on Jones Street.  Here’s Senator Andy Wells (R – Alexander, Catawba):  It wasn’t news when a report showed the NC Commerce Department has given nearly 80% of its incentives money (funded by…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: Sooooo, was the Volvo loss about CASH or about PORTS?

If you listen to House speaker Tim Moore or Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, North Carolina lost a shot at a new Volvo plant because it could not offer enough economic incentives (cash, tax breaks, etc.) to the car company.  We reported earlier that — based…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: The good, bad & ugly of the “jobs bills”

I think they’re hearing us on Jones Street. We — and many other grassroots entities — have been howlin’ mad about Gov. Pat’s $40 million+ corporate welfare giveaway.  The House pretty much gave the governor what he wanted.  But it appears the state Senate has…

Posted in Congress Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP

#ncga: Crowd-funding, an interesting option in economic development debate

Politicians these days are all crowing about being “job creators.”  Gov. Pat McCrory has emptied out the corporate welfare accounts at the Department of Commerce, and he’s coming to us (and our legislators on Jones Street) looking for $45 million more.  In the wake of…

Posted in Media

Easley, Perdue toadie still thriving in state govt in McCrory era

Dan Gerlach has been a major player in North Carolina Democrat circles for some time.  He was a senior adviser to former Gov. Mike Easley (D) and former Gov. Bev Perdue.  Former state senate president president pro tem Marc Basnight (D) and Easley (D) orchestrated…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics

#NCGA: Did drone co. CEO really ”co-author” new drone regulations?

We posted earlier about how new regulations on the use of unmanned drone aircraft in North Carolina *magically* appeared amid an appropriations bill that passed the state Senate.  A specific bill passed the state House, but we cannot find any evidence of a vote on…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

#NCGA: Thom The Therrible going all gangsta on his own troops?

Not giving the speaker what he wants is now akin to party disloyalty.  If the powers-that-be in the North Carolina House have their way, that will be absolutely true.  We posted earlier about HB 1224 — legislation that compounds a mismatched hodge-podge of issues from…