Becki Gray

Senior Vice President

Posts by Becki Gray (page 5)

  • Cutting through the tax cut malarkey

    Not sure where this malarkey of “no tax cuts for middle class” “only tax cuts for the rich” is coming from. Here’s the truth – 1,2,3 1.The reduction in North Carolina’s personal income tax rate since 2013 plus the 2016/17 zero tax bracket increase, represents a $1.123B tax cut while…
    Becki Gray, July 14, 2016
  • Would we be the first? Update on NC Constitutional amendments being considered

    You may have heard, the General Assembly is considering  putting 4 new constitutional amendments before the voters in November. It’s all in House Bill 3. Would we be the first to consider these changes to our state’s constitution? Prohibit condemnation of private property except for a public use?…
    Becki Gray, June 27, 2016
  • The Latest on Occupational Licensing Reform

    The John Locke Foundation has written extensively, and advocated aggressively for reform of North Carolina’s oppressive and burdensome regulations on occupations. North Carolina has the 4th most restrictive occupational licensing in the country. Licensing fees cost North Carolina professionals over $67 Million a year, about 40% more than…
    Becki Gray, June 27, 2016
  • What’s left?

    A budget agreement was reached over the weekend. If all goes according to plan, the conference report will be posted later today and voted on by the end of the week,  finalizing the $22.3B spending plan for 2016-17. Sources close to the final negotiations tell us the standard deduction will…
    Becki Gray, June 27, 2016
  • Re: Time to Dump Economic Development Policy

    Roy hits the nail on the head, as always with his Daily Journal today on the difference between economic development and sound economic policy focused on economic growth.  As Roy explains, economic growth is better, cronyism takes us in the wrong direction. Over the last several years the…
    Becki Gray, June 23, 2016
  • Wind farms or national security? Eminent domain taking or police power? Sorting it out.

    An interesting land use bill is working it’s way through the General Assembly. You may recall a CJ report from Sept 2015 raising concerns about wind farms interfering with military operations. HB 763 modifies the permitting process for wind farms allowing the Dept of Military and Veteran Affairs…
    Becki Gray, June 22, 2016
  • Occupational licensing restrictions so bad even the federal government stepping in to address the problem.

    Occupational licensing restrictions, essentially a tax on jobs are clearly a problem in NC as regular readers of this blog have learned here and here and here.  Although NC has some of the most restrictions impacting jobs, the problem is pervasive across the country and now for…
    Becki Gray, June 21, 2016
  • CON laws hurting NC; Also hurting Tennessee

    You’ve read all about how Certificate of Needs laws are hurting North Carolina, limiting access, driving up costs and compromising quality of health care.  While the federal government and twelve states have repealed their CON laws, many states, including our neighbors are also moving towards a repeal. A legal…
    Becki Gray, June 20, 2016