Archive: Tue Mar 2017

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    Tax rates going up in Rocky Mount

    Last night, the Rocky Mount City Council met.  The minutes aren’t available yet, but the Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the councillors discussed property taxes.  Surprise, surprise, it looks like they’ll be going up. Due to this year’s revaluation and the city’s need to pay for the Downtown Community…
    Julie Tisdale, March 28, 2017
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    Special favoritism for film productions is still a bad idea

    Economics hasn't suddenly changed. So there's no need to expand dramatically the state's film grant program, especially not to five and a half times the level it was in 2015. But House Bill 473 and  Senate Bill 358 would both pump up the state's "Film and Entertainment Grant Fund" to $55 million. States reviews of their own film incentive programs1 have consistently found they are net money losers. NC's previous program was returning only 19 cents per dollar:
    Jon Sanders, March 28, 2017
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    Another brilliant idea from the N&R editorial page

    Saying it again for seemingly the millionth time—I have no idea in what world the editorialists down at the Greensboro News & Record live. In the age of Trump they’ve certainly come up with some brilliant editorials (insert sarcasm) but today’s is a doozy. Fair enough, President Trump did not…
    Sam Hieb, March 28, 2017
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    Contrasting constitutional views explored, Supreme Court nominee analyzed

    Many of today’s hot-button political debates stem from a longstanding dispute about the nature of the U.S. Constitution. Some see a democratic document that focuses on the majority’s will. Others see a republican document that focuses on protecting individuals’ rights. Georgetown University constitutional law professor Randy Barnett explores the history…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2017
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    Getting past the Obamacare replacement failure

    Scott Ehrlich writes at the Federalist website about ways Republicans can recover from the American Health Care Act debacle. Coming up with a bill that managed to get no bipartisan support, excited no part of their own party, writing it in secret without members even fully…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2017
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    ‘Environmental justice’ grants face legal scrutiny

    Todd Shepherd of the Washington Examiner details a legal case targeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s focus on “environmental justice.” Judicial Watch is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court in an effort to pry loose information about several “environmental justice” grants doled out by the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2017
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    The costs of tax compliance

    If you’ve spent (or will soon spend) a lot of time compiling your income tax return, you’re not alone. Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon documents the impact of tax compliance. Taxpayers spend 6.1 billion hours a year just to comply with the federal tax…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2017
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    Intelligence agency monitoring of Trump associates

    Andrew McCarthy uses his latest National Review Online column to place the controversy over surveillance of Trump associates in context. The reported intelligence collection efforts raise four separate questions that are too often conflated in the commentary: 1) Should the communications of Trump associates (all of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2017