RSSCategory: NC SPIN Perspectives – Opinions from NC Leaders & Organizations

UNC BOG: Doing the Right’s dirty work

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, March 3, 3015. Defunding the Poverty Center is just one small part of a bigger plan for higher ed Last week’s decision by the UNC Board of Governors to dissolve three small academic centers at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central and ECU (including, most notably of course, the […]

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Education muddle

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, March 3, 2015. The Student Success Act replaces No Child Left Behind with “conservative reforms to restore local control and stop top-down education mandates,” House Speaker John Boehner’s office says. Yet, many conservatives, including Republican 6th District Rep. Mark Walker, don’t like it – because it’s a top-down education mandate. Walker introduced […]

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Dollar: Nichol’s center had no impact on poverty

| March 3, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Rep. Nelson Dollar, letter to the editor, News and Observer, March 2, 2015. It’s the height of ivory tower elitism for professors to defend the UNC Center on Work, Poverty and Opportunity. It’s the height of absurdity to analogize closing the center with the censorship of E.E. Ericson and John Spencer Bassett, as  Rob Christensen […]

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Rogue legislators shouldn’t be scorned

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, March 3, 2015. For someone who listens to many General Assembly debates, it’s refreshing when the most contentious votes don’t come down precisely along party lines. That’s what happened last week in a Senate debate over whether to allow magistrates employed by the state to opt out of performing all […]

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NC Competes. How?

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, March 2, 2015. House Bill 117, NC Competes, makes changes to several of North Carolina’s economic development programs. H.B. 117 moves $20 million that was set aside for a Job Catalyst Fund to a renamed Site Acceleration Fund and modifies the criteria for a single sales […]

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A new approach to reducing poverty

| March 2, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation, March 2, 2015. Forget income inequality. A real challenge for American public policy reformers involves economic mobility. That’s the argument from Yuval Levin in the latest cover story for Commentary magazine. Among his recommendations for improving mobility is a new approach to “the curse of entrenched poverty.” This would involve the next stage of welfare […]

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Making a federal case of it

| March 2, 2015 | 3 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, March 2, 2015. The obvious problem with the cause often identified as “states’ rights” is that it has sometimes been used to defend odious practices such as slavery and segregation. There’s an even more basic problem, however, and it lies in the wording of the […]

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Net neutrality will benefit customers

| March 1, 2015 | 8 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, February 28, 2015. The new rules imposed last week on broadband Internet service by the Federal Communications Commission to enforce net neutrality ultimately will benefit consumers. Despite the unfounded charges of “government takeover” by large telecommunications companies or the ludicrous howls of “government censorship” by fringe conspiracy nuts, the FCC’s […]

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Legalizing discrimination

| March 1, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, February 28, 2015. This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly. It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. That startling fact arose […]

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More than an opt-out, it’s a constitutional cop out

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, March 1, 2015. In this stormy North Carolina winter, you’d think lawmakers would know a slippery slope when they see one. But they don’t. And they may be headed for a spectacular fall. State senators Wednesday approved a measure that allows magistrates and clerks in county register-of-deeds offices to opt out […]

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