Archive for April, 2013

What Have You Got to Lose?

| April 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell North Carolina’s official toast boldly proclaims that ours is a state where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great. But we can never be that great state as long as so many of us are so unhealthy. According to the non-profit United Health Foundation North Carolina ranks 33rd in overall […]

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Funding for NC Cities Needs Debate

| April 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial from Asheville Citizen-Times, April 24, 2013 There’s undoubtedly a measure of partisan power-grabbing in the Republican-dominated General Assembly’s campaign to limit the power of cities, given that the state’s major cities have Democrats at the helm. But some of the effort to rein cities in may also be a natural reaction to their growth […]

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Something Must Change to Improve Our Economy

| April 24, 2013 | 2 Comments

Much as we would like to think otherwise our state’s economy isn’t improving much. It is good news that state tax revenues are currently ahead of modest projections by 110 million dollars and expectation is building as to whether we might once again experience an “April Surprise” of higher than anticipated personal income tax receipts. […]

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The Writing on the Wall

| April 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Andy Ellen Never before have there been more options for consumers in choosing how, when and where they shop. We live in a global marketplace. If I want to buy a new pair of shoes I have a multitude of choices where to shop. I can drive to my local mall, or visit the […]

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Sit down and be quiet, part two

| April 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon It’s not like we needed more evidence of the arrogance of the current leaders of the state Senate or the obvious disdain they have for the people they are supposed to be representing, but they were nice enough to provide us with plenty more Monday night. They voted to require applicants for […]

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Big Apple Is Less Filling

| April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

by John Hood Is New York City a better place to work than Charlotte? It depends on your priorities. For many people, the Big Apple with all its glamour and glitz may be the place they want to live. But if your goal is to maximize real income, the Queen City will be the better […]

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NC SPIN and coalition launch “A Healthier NC” campaign and challenge.

| April 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

In March of last year, NC SPIN hosted a day-long forum on healthcare. More than a dozen experts in our state spoke to the unsustainability of our current healthcare system, pointed out that North Carolina consistently ranks in the bottom third of states in health outcomes, agreed that we could not wait for solutions from […]

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Berger’s telling bluster

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon If you were looking for telling indicator of the state of North Carolina’s public policy debate these days, a recent email from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger is a pretty good one. Late yesterday afternoon, when many people in North Carolina and around the country were still reeling from the tragic […]

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SPIN This Week – April 21

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we devote this week’s NC SPIN to the legislative session and some of the proposed legislation making its way through our General Assembly. We will discuss the following: School reform, Driving permits for illegal immigrants, Redistricting Reform, Background checks for Welfare Recipients, Lobbyists gifts, Asheville Water System and […]

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Slow Down and Get it Right

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell Both Governor McCrory and our General Assembly reached milestones this week and, as we pundits are prone to do, they warrant marking and remarking about. Pat McCrory reached 100 days in his tenure as governor and nobody will refute he was thrown into the deep end on day one. With the notable […]

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