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

How power is shifting to voters

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Tynen, Civitas Review Online, March 28, 2015. The Internet and the growth of grassroots groups is shifting power from backrooms in Washington to the American people, FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe said Saturday morning at Civitas’ Conservative Leadership Conference CLC. Consider ride-sharing services such as Uber, through which he got a ride […]

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Legislative weather report: Storm clouds, high winds, cold front

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Barrett, Asheville Citizen-Times, March 28, 2015. Here is today’s legislative weather report: Storm clouds and increasingly higher winds between the Legislative Building and the governor’s office with waves of cold air emanating to the state’s cities. It’s also last year’s weather report, last week’s and probably next week’s and next month’s. Even casual […]

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Georgia on my mind

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, March 39, 2015. According to most economic indicators, North Carolina’s economy is on the upswing. Job growth exceeds the regional and national averages. The state’s recent drop in unemployment — even when you include discouraged workers who’ve dropped out of the labor force — is […]

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Economic development winners and losers

| March 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by  Jill Swain, Mayor of Huntersville and chair Metropolitan Mayors, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, March 28, 2015. It’s the time of year that North Carolinians love with such passion — March Madness. We choose our favorite teams, follow the drama, celebrate the wins and mourn the losses. And while we each may have favorite teams, […]

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Senate tax-cut plan too risky for state

| March 29, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, March 28, 2015. While their counterparts in the N.C. House last week were sensibly working to restore the historic preservation tax credit program, Republican leaders in the N.C. Senate unveiled a dubious plan to cut personal and corporate income taxes by $1 billion. The announcement came a little more than […]

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Rural NC growth, economy are stalled, fading

| March 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, March 29, 2015. Rich state, poor state. Growing state, stagnant state, shrinking state. North Carolina is all of that, depending on where you’re standing. Refreshed U.S. Census data released last week give us a big insight into the trends that are driving this state’s economy. As expected, the Triangle is booming. […]

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Friday’s follies

| March 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, March 27, 2015. Rucho’s ridiculous Robin Hood in reverse redux Just when you think the leaders of the state Senate couldn’t be any more extreme or irresponsible, they come through with another absurd proposal. Senator Bob Rucho and two of his colleagues want to cut […]

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The Senate’s punching bag

| March 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, March 27, 2015. Wake County is the fastest growing county in a state where half the counties are losing population. It’s been the economic engine pulling North Carolina out of the recession. It’s attracting industry and Raleigh’s downtown is becoming a destination. So what have Republicans got against Wake County? They turned […]

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Legislature’s clash hurts recruiting efforts

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, March 25, 2015. With the passing of each week, the hopes of landing a major automaker in Eastern North Carolina grow a little dimmer. The anguished waiting is made no easier by the continued failure of North Carolina lawmakers to put together a solid incentives program for business and industry. […]

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Senate adds new tax cut to fiscal equation

| March 28, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, March 27, 2015. Senate leaders punctuated a week of tax policy talk by introducing a $1 billion tax cut of their own. Earlier in the week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, introduced a bill changing the way local sales tax revenues would be disbursed, a move favoring rural counties […]

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