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Gas taxes: We’re #10! (nationally)

As campaign season gears up, we’re hearing all about this tax being cut and that tax being cut.  But one place we can’t seem to get any relief is at the gas pump. According to the Tax Foundation, North Carolina had the TENTH highest gas…

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What’s in your wallet? (Gov. Pat wants it)

Our reportedly Republican governor wants a $2.8 billion bond referendum on the ballot in November.  Bond referendums — in case you didn’t know — are votes on whether to allow government to take even more money out of your wallet.    To put things in…

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#ncga: Making deals — with the devil

Well, the GOP has officially surrendered their advantage in the area of taxes.  After so many decades as the low – / anti-tax party, the GOP majority on Jones Street pushed through increases in the state gasoline tax.  Reputed Republican governor Pat McCrory signed the…

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#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…

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#ncga: More gas tax for US, and NO gas tax for airlines

Talk about great big ones.  The same guy who wants us all to pay more for gas in our cars wants to let airliners with a presence in North Carolina go tax-free on their fuel purchases.  Yep. Senator Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) has filed SB 187  …

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#ncga: How to deal with road construction $$$ “woes”? STOP ROBBING THE HIGHWAY FUND.

Some of the honorables on Jones Street — aided and abetted by the drive by media — are still pushing that myth about how cash-starved the state is for road construction money: House leaders rolled out a plan Tuesday to drop the state gas tax…

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Steve Forbes ON THE MONEY in re: gas tax

In Washington, we have REPUBLICANS seriously considering raising the federal gas tax.  In Raleigh, we’ve had Republicans actually push a  gas tax hike through the state Senate.  One of the brightest minds in finance, Steve Forbes, pokes all kinds of holes in the arguments of…

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Ol’ Rob: Missing the action or just plain Mis-leading ????

Rob Christensen has been hanging out in Raleigh watching the political action for a loooooooong time.  (Sources tell me he once had to flee town just minutes before General Sherman’s troops rolled in.)  Rob has been forcibly removed from an NCGOP convention. . He missed…

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#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…

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#ncga: Things looking rather dicey in House for NC Chamber’s gas tax hike

Our sources in the lower chamber on Jones Street tell us that the vote on the gas tax hike / ”revenue stabilization” nonsense that passed the GOP-dominated Senate with flying colors will face much more drama in the House. I’m told there are a surprising…