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  • Washington Examiner exposes silliness of ‘death by legislation’

    Editors at the Washington Examiner take aim at the overwrought response among liberals to the U.S. Senate’s health care reform bill. When Republicans claim they can’t get a fair shake from news media, they have weeks like this one in mind. The new Congressional Budget Office report for…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2017, 290 words
  • Obama-era White House economists compiled poor record

    Tim Pearce of the Daily Caller explains why no one should take investment advice from economists who worked in the Obama White House. White house economists overestimated annual economic growth by about 80 percent on average for a six year stretch during Barack Obama’s presidency, according to Freedom Works…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2017, 217 words
  • Attn. NC policymakers: Montana just cut its PURPA rates by 40%

    If House Bill 589 passes, it would make important reforms to North Carolina's PURPA contract lengths and qualifying facility sizes — but it would not change how avoided-cost rates are set. Montana just showed it can be done.
    Jon Sanders, June 28, 2017, 291 words
  • House Overrides Cooper Budget Veto 76-43. We Have a Budget.

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way has the very latest on N.C. budget actions. Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, gave an impassioned defense of the $23 billion bipartisan General Fund budget compromise Wednesday morning, and the House quickly followed his motion to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the spending plan in…
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017, 118 words
  • LISTEN: JLF’s Becki Gray Testifies Before Legislative Committee About Recodification of Criminal Code

    Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, spoke briefly this morning in favor of the provision of Senate Bill 114 that would create a new commission to recodify North Carolina’s criminal code. Gray offered this testimony during a meeting of the N.C. House Finance Committee meeting. The…
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017, 53 words
  • Jobs out of poverty

    What matters to poor people? H. Luke Schaeffer and Kathryn J. Edin took the unusual step of asking them. Schaeffer explained We ask families, “If we came back in a year and you were doing really well, what it would look like?” They say, “I’d be working in a…
    Joseph Coletti, June 28, 2017, 236 words
  • Re: Placing tax break claims in context

    You had to wade through a relatively long Daily Journal Tuesday to reach a key piece of information about the relative N.C. income tax burdens of high-income and low-income taxpayers. To recap: Under current law, a single tax filer earning $1 million owes 132 times as much income tax…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2017, 450 words
  • Charlotte Observer calls restraints on federal government a ‘Pandora’s Box of mischief’

    It should come as no surprise that the statists editorialists writing for North Carolina’s major newspapers oppose the Article V Convention of States because —-gasp—it would place limits on the power of the federal government. A state Senate bill would submit North Carolina’s application to the Convention of States,…
    Sam Hieb, June 28, 2017, 236 words
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