Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

Rewarding Sloth

Haywood County has been prospering so much, it now finds itself a victim of the state’s perverse economic development incentives. It has moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3, and is thus not eligible for the same level of economic development incentives it once was.

Another Protest

A vigil was scheduled for today at 4:30 p.m., at 151 Patton Avenue. The WNC Central Labor Council/AFL-CiO and local MoveOn chapter intend to protest the increase of taxes on the middle class and support increased taxes for the wealthy. No consideration is offered for passing tax increases on to customers or evasion.

Big public money for new Falcons’ arena

How big? $300 million from Atlanta’s hotel-motel tax towards the $1 billion or so cost of a retractable roofed football palace. H/t: JAT

Guilford County raises: Bull****

Not me saying it, but former Guilford County Commissioner Paul Gibson, who tells the Rhino he voted against ‘equity salary adjustments’ for 15 county department heads: When Gibson was asked about the argument that the raises had to be granted or the county would open itself up to a lawsuit, Gibson had a two-word reply:Continue Reading

Perdue exempts herself, but not McCrory, from executive order on judicial appointments

Does it strike anyone else as odd that Gov. Bev Perdue is rescinding the same executive order she issued regarding judicial appointments? Well, she’s not really rescinding it. She’s exempting herself from it. She apparently thinks that incoming Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and future governors should be bound by the one she issued nearly 18 months ago.Continue Reading

‘Little appetite in the state capitals’ for Obamacare exchanges

As Dan Way reported today at CJ Online, Gov.-elect Pat McCrory hasn’t let on how he plans to address the issue of the “exchange” mandated under Obamacare. Should he choose to embrace a state-run exchange, however, he won’t have much company. At National Review’s The Corner, Tevi Troy notes that the Obama administration is gettingContinue Reading

Obamacare To Hike Some Vet Bills

The Heritage Foundation points out that Obamacare will raise taxes on medical devices that are used on humans and animals. And when the tax goes up, the cost will be passed to consumers — that would be pet owners. The device tax is expected to raise costs for consumers. A recent survey of 181 manufacturers found thatContinue Reading

Duke’s Staddon pans what he labels ‘scientific imperialism’

Public discourse has featured plenty of debate about apparent conflicts between science and religion. Duke professor John Staddon tackled the topic during a presentation today for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Staddon says some portions of religious belief cannot be tested through scientific methods, while others are subject to scientific tests. But Staddon isContinue Reading