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Low Cost Reliable Energy – where do you stand?

You should know where JLF stands on N.C.’s mandate and subsidies for renewable energy and subsidies. We’ve written extensively about North Carolina’s renewable energy portfolio standards and what a bad deal it is here and here and here and here and here and here — all with additional links to even further information and studies. ThereContinue Reading

Why the NC Energy Ratepayers Protection Act (HB 681) is a good idea whose time has come

The John Locke Foundation has opposed North Carolina’s renewable energy standards mandate since it first passed into law as Senate Bill 3 under liberal leadership in 2007.  The imposition of this flawed regulation and unwarranted mandate, it turns out, has no environmental benefits, drives up the cost of energy (which drives up the cost ofContinue Reading

What’s the gas tax rush?

If it feels like SB 20, changes to the gas tax bill, is on a fast track, you are correct.  Under current law, a portion of the gas tax is re-calculated every six months depending on the wholesale price of petroleum. The rate is re-set every six months on Jan. 1 and July 1.  ButContinue Reading

Whew! Historic Preservation Tax Credit has expired. Or has it?

The Governor budgets $12.2M for it, the Secretary of Cultural Resources is on a bus tour promoting it, and JLF breaks it down.  What’s all the fuss about North Carolina’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit?  As with all these special interest special treatments, they’re a bad deal for taxpayers. In addition to 20% federal income taxContinue Reading

Independent Redistricting Commission in NC may depend on Arizona

Carolina Journal has covered the good, the bad and the ugly of the once a decade redistricting process since 2001. We’ve accused both Republicans and Democrats of partisan gerrymandering as the most compelling reason to create an independent commission. The John Locke Foundation has been part of a good government coalition advocating for an independentContinue Reading

NC Competes. How?

House Bill 117, NC Competes, makes changes to several of North Carolina’s economic development programs. H.B. 117 moves $20 million that was set aside for a Job Catalyst Fund to a renamed Site Acceleration Fund and modifies the criteria for a single sales factor apportionment. The bill extends a sales tax refund over $2.5 millionContinue Reading

Re: Freeing up N.C. Distilleries to Sell Some of Their Product

As we learned at a recent Shaftesbury Society talk, there are efforts afoot to change NC law to allow distilleries to sell samples of their product as part of a tasting tour, much like wineries already do.  Senate Bill 24 was filed earlier this month and sits in the Senate Rules Committee. A companion bill, HouseContinue Reading

NC’s Cash for Jobs – at all levels

As the General Assembly continues talks on new corporate welfare – your state tax dollars doled out to whomever they deem the new “big thing”.  It doesn’t stop there.  Don’t forget your local tax dollars are in play as well. Good example – Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant is being courted by Robeson, Hoke, HarnettContinue Reading

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