Archive for January, 2013

Speaker Tillis’s Perspective on Session Priorities, Public Infrastructure and Unemployment Benefits

| January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

NC SPIN Video Perspective – House Speaker Thom Tillis Monday, January 28, 2013 NC SPIN’s Tom Campbell had an opportunity to talk with Speaker Tillis about his priorities for this session, as well as his thoughts on changes to NC unemployment benefits and need to focus on NC public infrastructure. Speaker Tillis’s Legislative Session Priorities  […]

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Buttons to push to boost growth in North Carolina

| January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Michael Walden,Reynolds Distinguished Professor at NC State and published in the January 29th “Other Views” in The News and Observer. The North Carolina economy is growing, but slowly. Jobs are being added and the unemployment rate is dropping, but we’re nowhere near levels anyone would consider acceptable. For both our new governor and General […]

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Challenging our Governor to live on $350 per week

| January 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell Action NC, an organization that describes itself as a “grassroots community organization that empowers low to moderate-income communities to take action and win victories on issues of concern to our communities,” has issued a challenge to Governor Pat McCrory to try to live on the $350 per week the legislature is proposing […]

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Is the College Experience Worth the Cost to Taxpayers?

| January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Doug Raymond There was a time when it was perfectly acceptable in America to rent a house for most of your adult life.   But at some point, home ownership became more of a necessity than an option, a result of government programs that relaxed age-old lending standards,  leading to a rash of mortgage holders […]

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The UNC System

| January 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Jeanne Bonds, political analyst and NC SPIN panelist. My upfront disclaimer: I am a rabid supporter of one of our State’s greatest and oldest assets – the University of NC System, UNC. I am a proud alumnae of UNC at Chapel Hill but I not only believe in Carolina, I also believe in the […]

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Why Tax Reform Should Include an Increase in the State’s Cigarette Tax

| January 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Peg O’Connell, lobbyist and NC SPIN panelist Every time I appear on NC Spin, I say that we need to restructure the tax system in North Carolina.  It is outdated, increasingly regressive, filled with exemptions and entirely too volatile.  In my 20 years of watching policymaking in this state, I think there have been […]

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Keep the Out-of-State Enrollment Cap

| January 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Gene Arnold, former legislator and NC SPIN panelist. Hold the percentage of out of state enrollment at 18%.  Better still, reduce it to 10% and severely penalize any school which finds ways to get around the cap.  Out of state kids come to North Carolina for one reason: it is the best bargain for […]

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The GOP Takeover isn’t Complete…Yet

| January 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell The new reality has North Carolina Republicans in control of all three branches of state government: the Governor’s mansion, legislature and with a majority on our Supreme Court. But the change doesn’t end there. The next takeover target will be education. Governor Pat McCrory will soon name six new members to the […]

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SPIN This Week – January 27th

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Senate Republican Tax Reform Plan, UNC Finances, Voter ID and Immigrant drivers licenses. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Jeanne Bonds, Political Analyst, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Chris Sinclair, Political Consultant. Air Times  

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Where’s The Plan?

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell With respect to our legislators the current talk of a tax reform plan makes about as much sense as hopping in a car and striking out to California without a GPS or road map. No doubt our tax codes are antiquated and need reform but before settling on categories and rates to […]

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