Becki Gray

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Posts by Becki Gray (page 10)

  • What’s killing jobs and stalling the economy? For one thing, occupational licensing. #reformit

    A WSJ piece over the weekend looks at what’s killing jobs and stalling the economy. Many of North Carolina’s reforms have led to a more robust recovery here but there’s still much work left to be done. For much of the nation’s history, this process of what…
    Becki Gray, June 6, 2016
  • These are a few of my favorite things from the Senate budget…..

    There’s a lot to like in the Senate budget. I highlighted a few of my favorite things in the House budget two weeks ago. The Senate has put their budget together now, and there are things to like in it as well. Here are a few of my favorites….
    Becki Gray, June 1, 2016
  • HB 1080 offers real hope, solutions for failing schools

    A bill moving through the North Carolina General Assembly that aggressively addresses the long standing and now critical problem of failing public schools. House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep. Rob Bryan, Rep. Cecil Brockman and Rep. John Bradford offers three ways to address the very serious problem and to…
    Becki Gray, May 26, 2016
  • These are a few of my favorite things….

    The N.C. House finalized its changes to the 2016-17 budget this morning with a strong bipartisan vote, 103-12, on both second reading and third. Members of both parties cited teacher and state employee raises, as well as plans to increase the zero tax bracket. They  agreed “overall…
    Becki Gray, May 19, 2016
  • Repealing 1%/$80 mill machinery privilege tax is a step in right direction.

    There are several tax reforms being considered during the short session.  Whether it’s increasing the standard deduction (aka zero tax bracket), capping the personal income tax rate, moving towards a consumption tax, repealing the capital gains, changing the way expenses are deducted, there are lots…
    Becki Gray, May 12, 2016
  • Ferry questions keep tolling discussion

    The question of how to pay for ferries and who pays is a recurring one for the General Assembly, going back at least to 2003.  The ferry toll question has been a hot topic in elections, a dilemma for traffic planners, and a bargaining chip in…
    Becki Gray, May 10, 2016
  • Look to the rulebook for answers.

    I’ve heard that HB2 is complicated.  That it’s confusing, that no one knows what to do. Did Charlotte have the authority to enact the ordinance that started all this?  Can the General Assembly undo what Charlotte did?  Where does one turn for answers?  At JLF, we think the Constitution is…
    Becki Gray, May 6, 2016
  • Restraint in growth, tax cuts, investments in education, getting folks back to work – off to a good start

    With the General Assembly set to begin the short session on Monday, discussion will focus on the 2016-17 state budget. We’ve heard the Governor’s priorities and have a good idea of where legislative leaders are headed. Think in excess of $22 billion in state funding, but (sit down,…
    Becki Gray, April 22, 2016