Archive for April, 2015

Help wanted: NC higher education systems both in need of new leaders

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Sarah Ovaska, NC Policy Watch, April 30, 2015. Scott Ralls will be leaving his job as North Carolina’s community college president in a few months, leaving an opening at an institution that’s a central piece of the state’s educational and economic bedrock. Ralls says it was an opportunity to be back on a campus […]

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More guns, more guns, more guns

| April 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, April 29, 2015. One of the most interesting responses by the General Assembly to a public still anxious about making ends meet in this uneven economic recovery is the push to make it easier to take a hidden and loaded handgun into more places in North Carolina. Rep. Jacqueline […]

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Thom Tillis should just go away

| April 30, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics North Carolina, April 30, 2015. Thom Tillis really just needs to go away. Six months after being elected to the Senate, his approval ratings are in the tank. As long as he stays in the public eye, they aren’t going to get much better. But Tillis can’t help himself. He’s drawn to […]

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State tax revenue increased 2.2 percent in 2014

| April 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

 by Sarah Curry, John Locke Foundation, April 30, 2015. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2014 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections, which shows that tax revenue increased 2.2 percent, from $847.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to $865.8 billion in 2014, the fourth consecutive increase. Most of the revenue growth derived from general sales […]

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Solar takes a big hit from the House

| April 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review Online, April 30, 2015. Late last night the NC House approved an amendment to an otherwise little-discussed regulatory reform bill. The amendment would cap the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard and eliminate the 80% property tax break received by solar farms and facilities. WRAL has a recap here. The 2007 […]

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Lawmakers work late into the night

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by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, April 30, 2015. The House passed roughly 70 bills during 10 hours of floor debate Wednesday and early Thursday as crossover loomed, finally adjourning at 2:26 a.m. with no plans to take more votes until Tuesday. Three minutes earlier, House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced that the chamber had heard […]

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Poverty Center’s loss is UNC’s gain

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by Andy Taylor, NC State professor, Political Science, published in Carolina Journal, April 30, 2015. On Feb. 27, the UNC Board of Governors voted to close the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at its Chapel Hill campus. Many on the left and faculty within the UNC system argued the board’s decision was political and […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Is the Labor Commissioner being honest with the public?”

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After SPIN! “Question to John Hood – The News and Observer has been doing an investigative series on Labor Commissioner Cheri Berry and her department, saying that she has under-reported the number of on-the-job deaths that occur in our state. Prior to 2006 the Labor Department reported all such deaths, but now they only report […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Should the Gov. Aycock statue be replaced?”

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After SPIN! “Question to Chris Fitzsimon – There is growing support for removing the statue of former Governor Charles B. Aycock as one of two in the National Hall of Staturary in the U.S. Congress. But there is great uncertainty over who should replace Aycock. Many want Billy Graham. Should Aycock be replaced and who […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Should police camera footage be required to be made public?”

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN – “Question to Bob Orr – There is increasing discussion about requiring law enforcement officers to wear cameras and even putting cameras on school busses. The question that is arising is whether government officials would be required to make the videos public. This seems like a case ripe for first amendment debates. What’s […]

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