About: Becki Gray

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What to do with expired solar panels? Threats to public safety and the environment? Maybe we should study this. Right, NCGA?

There are lost of reasons to be concerned about the impact of the solar industry on NC’s economy. Aside from higher energy costs and subsides for decades, what to do with spent solar panels once they’ve outlived their usefulness is yet another concern.  See here and here and here for questions, concerns and alerts on problemsContinue Reading

NCGA changes primary date. But that’s not all.

Yesterday HB 373, Elections passed the General Assembly. It does two major things – rolls North Carolina’s 2016 primary election into one day – March 15.  Primary voters will select their candidates to run for US President, US Senator, NC Council of State, NC House, NC Senate and some judicial races. Oh, and probably aContinue Reading

On that redistribution that’s not a redistribution but just a distribution of the new sales and use tax expansion.

Curious about Section 32.19(b) in the state budget and come on now, aren’t we all?  That’s the part of the budget that enacts “additional local sales tax revenue for economic development, pubic education and community colleges” cause those are the things the local governments can spend their additional (or not) revenue on due to anContinue Reading

ICYMI – The stifling effects of Certificate of Need

Our friend Chris Koopman from George Mason University had this op-ed in the Greensboro News and Record recently and we could not have said it better ourselves: Health care in America isn’t a topic reserved only for the federal government. Debates over its future are playing out in statehouses across the country, including North Carolina’s.Continue Reading

What are the chances of tax increase? Betting on the lottery.

As the General Assembly considers increasing lottery advertising and expanding games and venues, our friends at the Tax Foundation explain why the lottery is a tax and why the proposed expansion is a tax increase: While North Carolina legislators continue to negotiate a budget agreement (including possible tax changes), one provision is getting only aContinue Reading

NCGA Conference Committee Work Pending…..

Besides H97 2015 Appropriations Act aka THE BUDGET (intentional shouting here!) what else does the General Assembly still have sitting in conference committees waiting to hammer out differences between the House and the Senate? H44 = S53 Local Government Regulatory Reform 2015. H215 Procedure for Waiver of Jury Trial. H268 Amend Transportation Laws.-  looks likeContinue Reading

Discussions of inequities across NC

As the General Assembly continues their discussion of sales tax distribution trying to find a balance that is fair and equitable for all NC counties, Sen David Curtis raises the issue of differences among NC’s universities. He writes: “Two North Carolinas” and “two UNC Systems” There has been much discussion recently about our “two North Carolinas.”Continue Reading

Crazy budget talk. So crazy it just might work.

Crazy talk. Or is it? Here we are, more than 100 legislative days into the 2015-16 session and still no budget. What gives? North Carolina is one of only 5 states in the country that hasn’t adopted a budget this year. Alabama gets a pass since their fiscal year begins Sept 1. Other states withoutContinue Reading

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