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

Safer tobacco product available, but feds slow to offer a light

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, October 10, 2017. What if a product could save lives and millions in health-care costs? Imagine that product had undergone extensive tests and trials providing undisputed data showing it was safe. But what if a government agency with an anti-tobacco agenda from a previous administration made that product unavailable?   It’s happening now, as the Food […]

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Trump to stop payment on Obamacare subsidies

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Associated Press, published by WRAL.com, October 13, 2017. In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Before sunrise Friday morning, Trump went on Twitter to urge Democrats to make a […]

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Who’s really for sale

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Civitas Institute, October 12, 2017. School choice critics claim that choice puts students up “for sale” But big businesses profit handsomely from the government education establishment, often as a result from policies they lobbied for Localizing education decisions can actually erode big business’ influence on education   U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ recent […]

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Amazon HQ2 impact would be ‘huge’ from jobs to economic impact

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by Rick Smith, WRAL TechWire, October 12, 2017. Imagine doubling the number of 50,000 workers at Research Triangle Park’s more than 250 companies with the addition of one company: The new Amazon headquarters project. What would be the economic impact on the Triangle? Two economists share their view: “Huge” and “Huge is an understatement.” The […]

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North Carolina’s greatest scandal continues

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by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, October 10, 2017. UNC center’s latest report on poverty provides powerful reminder of the communities and individuals being left behind When you consider the matter for a moment, it’s really not all that surprising that conservative politicians in Raleigh have been so hell-bent for so long to silence Professor […]

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Board of Governors’ conservative new road map worrisome

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by Joe Killian, NC Policy Watch, October 10, 2017. A new UNC Board of Governors Task Force began what members called the “massive” job of analyzing UNC President Margaret Spellings’ administrative staff Monday. The effort is so far long on ambitions and short on specifics. It will use as its road map the Report on […]

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Congress needs to act: The health insurance tax must be delayed

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Dale Folwell, Treasurer of North Carolina, printed in Jacksonville Daily News, October 10, 2017. The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer (DST) touches the lives of one in ten North Carolinians every month. We manage the 26th largest pool of money in the world valued at over $110 billion. We also have the responsibility […]

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Elections don’t make for better judges

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Asheville Citizen-Times, October 10, 2017. North Carolina’s system of selecting trial judges needs to be reformed, but not in the way some legislators want. The state has two parallel trial-court systems, Superior Court and District Court. Superior Court handles almost all felonies, major civil cases ($10,000 or more), probate and the administration of […]

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Leftists still getting it wrong on taxes

| October 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, October 12, 2017. “A well-educated, highly productive workforce, access to markets and suppliers, sound infrastructure, and a high quality of life for employees are more important to corporate leaders than state taxes, according to numerous surveys, studies and popular rankings of “business friendly” states.” The above quote was made in a paper by the far-left […]

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Republicans make another power grab – judicial seats

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, October 10, 2017. North Carolina Republicans gerrymandered their way into a hammer-lock on the state legislature, which they will control indefinitely, barring action from the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, they’re going after the state’s courts. Republicans have already turned judicial races back into partisan contests, and they’re shrinking the size of […]

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