Daily Archives: March 28, 2017

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 Facility, property taxes may climb fromContinue Reading

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 programs1Continue Reading

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 effectively lead in the effortContinue Reading

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 of those contrasting views inContinue Reading

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 understanding it, then rushing to pass it shows aContinue Reading

‘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 agency. The watchdog group is seeking copies of theContinue Reading

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 code, according to experts at a Tax Foundation eventContinue Reading

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 whom are U.S. citizens, so far as we know)Continue Reading