Posted in campaign 2020 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

State incentives meant to aid poorer, rural counties go mostly to Wake, Meck

    Um,  SURPRISE ????       Plant closures and job losses have hit rural parts of our state the hardest.  Raleigh politicians talk a great game about helping those folks bounce back, but a new study shows their actions are not matching their…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: Breaking News! Folks on Jones Street SOMETIMES say one thing, then do another.

I’ve heard a lot of feedback on senator Andy Wells’s essay blasting state economic incentives.   People seem to feel relieved that there is that kind of conservative common sense floating around Jones Street. But, then I had to stop and ask myself: “Self, is it…

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 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP

#ncga: Emails reveal Gov. Pat’s $45 million giveaway on the ropes in House

Pat McCrory’s North Carolina Competes Act is undergoing a fight for its life in the General Assembly’s lower chamber.   The House deep-sixed a request from the governor last session for $20 million to pass out to economic development prospects.  Apparently, Gov. Pat is doubling…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics

McCrory moving forward on $$$ for jobs even as new study pooh-poohs idea

In Raleigh, the McCrory Department of Commerce is doing quite a bit of cheerleading for special taxpayer-provided incentives to lure business to North Carolina. We’ve registered our concerns previously about special deals for new business — especially those targeting the film industry.  It’s been reported…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media Moore County Politics

A lesson for Pinehurst government in Raleigh

  The Village of Pinehurst government is aggressively promoting the idea of downtown revitalization.  They’ve paid for a study of the idea of building a performing arts center.  They’ve obtained grants to help a brewery renovate a historic building in the downtown area.  Now, the…