Archive for June, 2015

Can we have a consistent tax rate?

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, June 27, 2015. Those property taxes we argue about every June go back a long way. According to the Economic History Association, “the modern tax has roots in feudal obligations owned to British and European kings or landlords.” In the 14th and 15th centuries, the king taxed his subjects. To determine […]

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Fund government now and restructure it later

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Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, June 28, 2015. North Carolina’s new fiscal year begins Wednesday, but government may wait months for a new budget. The House and Senate are so far apart – in numbers and philosophy – that they couldn’t even agree on a temporary budget last week to keep government running while they argue. […]

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Gay marriage ruling doesn’t end debate in NC

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by Julia Sims and Leyla Santiago, WRAL, June 26, 2015. Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, advocates on both sides of the debate said the fight over gay rights is far for over in North Carolina. Gay marriage has been legal in North Carolina since last October, when federal […]

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Polls mixed on McCrory

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by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, June 29, 2015. In many ways, Republicans and Democrats live in different worlds. I’ve made the point before that the Internet, while greatly beneficial in many ways, has allowed political factions to retreat into cocoons of news, analysis, and commentary where their preconceived notions are […]

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Was Trade Protection Authority a win for Obama?

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Congressman Patrick McHenry, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, June 19, 2015. As we approach the final 18 months of President Obama’s presidency, many in Western North Carolina have deep concerns about anything that increases his power — and rightfully so. Time and again President Obama has acted beyond his executive powers, whether it was delaying […]

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McCrory: Locals should control school funding

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by Drew Elliot, Jones and Blount, June 25, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory today emphasized local control in remarks about education funding and the budget negotiations with the General Assembly. McCrory laid out the state Senate plan to reduce class sizes and focus on hiring teachers and contrasted it with the House plan and his own […]

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How much racism do we have in the U.S.?

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by Michael Bitzer, professor of political science, Catawba College, WFAE.org, June 25, 2015. The tragic event at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, has become a focal point for a wide variety of issues confronting not just Charleston and the Palmetto State, but more likely the entire nation. As the funerals begin for […]

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With Obamacare affirmed, its time for a plan to cover 500,000 North Carolinians

| June 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Adam Linker, NC Policy Watch, June 26, 2015. [Editor’s note: In the aftermath of yesterday’s momentous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of King v. Burwell sustaining a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance coverage currently enjoyed by more than six million Americans across 34 states is now secure. In North Carolina, […]

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Agreement may be elusive in legislature

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Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, June 27, 2015. It was likely a portent of things to come when state lawmakers adjourned for the weekend without reaching agreement on a continuing resolution to fund state government operations beyond the start of the new fiscal year on Wednesday. The stop-gap spending measure is necessary because the vast […]

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Still not enough

| June 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, June 28, 2015. Two years ago, North Carolina lawmakers approved one of the strictest — or worst, depending on your reading of events — voter identification laws in the nation. Last week, they sanded down some of the roughest edges of the law. Whether public pressure or the threat of legal […]

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