Barry Smith


Posts by Barry Smith (page 8)

  • Lobbying tactics doom puppy mill bill; but is that the proper reaction?

    It appears that the puppy mill bill is dead. So say the leaders of the state Senate in a press release sent out Monday afternoon. Leaders blame “extreme, divisive, and unethical tactics” used by supporters lobbying for the bill. They say that a private conversation with a senator was…
    Barry Smith, January 27, 2014
  • NC’s fiscal condition? We’re about in the middle of the pack

    North Carolina state government’s fiscal condition didn’t rank near the top, nor near the bottom in five areas studied by the Mercatus Center. North Carolina ranked 38th in cash solvency, 24th in budget solvency, 24th in long-run solvency, 18th in service-level solvency, and 33rd in fiscal…
    Barry Smith, January 14, 2014
  • More NC companies qualify for corporate welfare

    More corporate welfare is in the offing for companies calling North Carolina home. Back in November, a couple of companies announced expansion and relocation plans that drew the attention of grant-makers. Teleflex Inc. announced plans to create 75 new jobs by relocating its existing operations from Research Triangle Park…
    Barry Smith, December 2, 2013
  • Tax Foundation, ALEC highlight tax changes in N.C.

    The Tax Foundation has highlighted a new American Legislative Exchange Council report touting the tax cuts enacted by the N.C. General Assembly earlier this year. The Tax Foundation page mentions the “headline-grabbing beneficial reforms” in North Carolina and other states. The 17-page ALEC report notes some of the…
    Barry Smith, November 25, 2013
  • Corporate welfare coming down the pike

    I was glad to see that a former home county, Gaston County, was able to land a new business this week. Owens Corning plans to create 110 new jobs at the Gastonia Technology Park. Goodness knows Gaston County needs the jobs, as do many neighboring counties. It’s been hit hard…
    Barry Smith, October 25, 2013
  • House hands Gov. Pat McCrory losses on vetoes

    Gov. Pat McCrory GOP Gov. Pat McCrory moved to the right of the Republican-controlled General Assembly on one of his two vetoes. He moved to the left of the body on the other. On Tuesday, he lost in the House, left and right. Lawmakers first override McCrory’s veto…
    Barry Smith, September 3, 2013
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rocks AFP summit

    Lots of big-name speakers came to the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando this weekend None of them connected with the crowd better than Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Before Cruz could get warmed up, someone from the audience shouted, “Ted Cruz, I love…
    Barry Smith, August 31, 2013
  • AFP activists cheer on Rick Perry; they weren’t quite as happy with Marco Rubio

    Activists at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando enthusiastically welcomed Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry on Friday. The reception for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wasn’t quite as warm as shouts of “No amnesty!” rang out through a hotel ballroom a handful of times…
    Barry Smith, August 30, 2013