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Debt, taxes, and gaming the feds. What could go wrong in Rocky Mount?

My colleague Kari Travis has the latest update on the Rocky Mount event boondoggle, oops, center in today’s Carolina Journal. Read her report, but here’s a quick recap: $50M project in a community with 3.3% population decline where property values likely dropping 15% and possible property tax increase of 17.5%.  How to pay for it?Continue Reading






Special Session V and where do we go from here?

Special Session V and where do we go from here? The real barrier to repealing HB2 this week was trust.  Efforts at some kind of compromise had been going on for months, starting in April and ongoing through the fall. But the 2016 elections got in the way. Personalities, partisan politics and power created barriersContinue Reading






Who should protest? It’s probably not who you think.

You saw them on the front page of the newspaper. You heard them on the 6 o’clock news. You read their rants on social media. They disrupted the work of the General Assembly. Members of the N.C. House and Senate complained they could barely hear each other debate the special session bills over the chantingContinue Reading






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






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