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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: Who wins with film incentives? Movie producers.

That’s the thesis of a piece in The Washington Examiner today:  The Oscars are on Sunday, and all eight films nominated for best picture were produced in states or countries that offer taxpayer support to qualifying productions. But these film tax credits fail to generate…

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#ncga: Instead of tax hikes & corporate welfare, why not tax reform?

Proponents of state ”economic incentives” and the so-called “gas tax cut” claim that we need to enact all of this in order to stay competitive with our neighbors.  The really smart folks in Raleigh point to all of these economic development victories in South Carolina,…

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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: Gas tax hike for US. Tax breaks for airlines & data centers.

Legislators are spinning us that a lot of road work needs to be done statewide, but there just isn’t enough money out there to do it.  So, they are selling us a piece of legislation as a gas tax “cut” that is really a long-term…

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#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…

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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…

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TN says Noooooooo to expanding Medicaid. (Gov. Pat, take note.)

Tennessee’s moderate Republican governor has been talking up the idea of expanding Medicaid — which is basically the implementation of ObamaCare. He traveled to DC to talk up the strategy with feds.  The TN governor even basked in the approval of the drive-by media. (Sound familiar?)  …

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Backdoor moves to swell the ranks of the dependent, implement ObamaCare in North Carolina?

In 2013, the General Assembly swatted down federal money to help implement ObamaCare in North Carolina. That may have appeared to be a setback for the statism crowd, but recent events have me — and others — thinking it was just a bump in the…

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The U.S.’s coming demographic suicide?

That’s the thesis of an eye-opening essay on The Federalist web site:  President Obama’s most recent budget makes it clear, the Wall Street Journal says, that while Republicans need his signature “to arrest America’s coming fiscal crackup,” they’re “unlikely to get even the back of…