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Random post-election thoughts, questions and musings

Wow. Just wow. I spent last night watching, commenting, wondering, and asking really? And a good part of today, making notes and generally thinking through what does all this mean.  Sharing some random thoughts on the day after the 2016 Election….. Lucky Mike Night – unexpected wins for “Mike” Mike Pence – In the mostContinue Reading

Medicaid Expansion – still a bad idea

Folks interested in facts, know the fiscal costs of Medicaid expansion, are well aware of the human costs of Medicaid expansion and understand that Medicaid reform must be the pre-cursor to any expansion.  The good folks at the Mercatus Institute explain why Medicaid expansion is a poor use of taxpayer dollars. Spending on Medicaid expansion enrolleesContinue Reading

How ya doing there NC? Quite well, thank you.

North Carolina’s economy continues to recover and grow at a faster and stronger rate than others in our region and in the nation as whole. NC is a national model in reforms that work. Since 2013, 300,000 net new jobs, unemployment rate cut in half, incomes up. Today’s news from the US Census about USContinue Reading

Constitutional limitation on personal income tax rate? It’s complicated.

Yes, it’s complicated.  Those of us committed to keeping taxing and spending in check have learned it’s complicated and riddled with intended and unintended consequences.  As we continue to see the benefits of recent tax and spending reforms, feeling results of recent budgets and contemplating additional reforms – it’s important to consider all options andContinue Reading

How to weather a recession? Save for a rainy day.

In a recent study from the Mercatus Center, looking at just how prepared states are for the next recession, NC ranks 27th.  But keep in mind, they used figures from FY 2105.  Considering NC added another $1 billion into our savings account in this year’s budget, we’re in very good shape heading into future economicContinue Reading

More Malarkey

Last week I posted this – refuting the on-going malarkey from the left claiming North Carolina has increased taxes.  Malarkey! Now they are claiming NC’s economy is hurting, teachers and state employees aren’t being treated right, and middle class families can’t get a break. Malarkey! In our ongoing efforts to set the record straight, hereContinue Reading

Cutting through the tax cut malarkey

Not sure where this malarkey of “no tax cuts for middle class” “only tax cuts for the rich” is coming from. Here’s the truth – 1,2,3 1.The reduction in North Carolina’s personal income tax rate since 2013 plus the 2016/17 zero tax bracket increase, represents a $1.123B tax cut while the sales tax base wasContinue Reading

Would we be the first? Update on NC Constitutional amendments being considered

You may have heard, the General Assembly is considering  putting 4 new constitutional amendments before the voters in November. It’s all in House Bill 3. Would we be the first to consider these changes to our state’s constitution? Prohibit condemnation of private property except for a public use? NC is the only state in the countryContinue Reading

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