Category Archives: NC General Assembly

Posts about the NC General Assembly

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As N.C. lawmakers work to build on positive benefits tied to their 2013 tax reform package, they would be wise to build up state reserve funds in preparation for the next recession. That’s the advice Roy Cordato shares in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo discusses lessons this state’s Medicaid reformers couldContinue Reading

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

Put those professors back in the classroom

A bill to increase minimum UNC faculty loads to four courses per semester and eight per year has caused a huge backlash among faculty members. The Pope Center, particularly our director of policy analysis Jay Schalin, has advocated for such increases, although maybe not in the form this bill took. In a Chronicle of Higher Education pieceContinue Reading

Museums across the state receive $2.5 million from state taxpayers

The Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.  Yup, your state tax dollars are spent on museums across the state.  Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but most of these still charge admission and some have a pretty hefty price tag on a ticket.  Clearly, these museums are important local entities, visited by some and notContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. House’s vote to move the state’s presidential primary to March. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal explores potential benefits from reforming North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions.

Incentives are not the reason NC lost out on the Volvo plant

I have been seeing legislators blaming the Senate for not passing House Bill 117 as the reason for North Carolina not getting the Volvo plant.  But what lawmakers forget is that incentives are not the only reason a company picks a state.  According to a Charlotte Business Journal article, “…some site-selection consultants say the state’sContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. House’s approval of a solar tax credit extension. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes the case for higher taxes … on state and local government bonds.

Overcriminalizing North Carolina

North Carolina’s criminal code is 55 percent larger than Virginia’s and 38 percent larger than South Carolina’s, and the state continues to add almost three dozen new crimes each year. A Manhattan Institute report, “Overcriminalizing the Old North State,” explains why those numbers represent a problem for people of North Carolina. James Copland, senior fellowContinue Reading