Becki Gray

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Posts by Becki Gray (page 6)

  • Fighting in 2017: A Wrap-up

    2017 – a year of fights.  Because some things are worth fighting for and sometimes it’s just politics. General Assembly v. Governor Cooper: even before he was elected, the Democrat Governor picked fights with the Republican legislature. He made their position on HB2 the flashpoint of his campaign, took…
    Becki Gray, December 29, 2017
  • GOP tax plan would make history of the historic preservation tax credit

    The first tax credits for restoration or renovation of historic buildings started in 1976. The federal government issued credits, so did state governments. Even local governments got in on the action.  .  Recognizing that NC’s tax credit for historic restoration was a special treatment, unfair to other tax payers and…
    Becki Gray, November 21, 2017
  • JLF’s Coletti tax/budget/spending analysis featured in today’s Heritage Foundation’s Insider

    The Heritage Foundation features Coletti’s analysis of why the federal budget proposed by President Trump, which looks alot like NC’s reforms, could lead to the economic growth we’ve seen right here.  In other words, responsible fiscal budgeting and spending works.  Look at NC.  Scroll to the second highlighted feature: October…
    Becki Gray, October 14, 2017
  • NCGA Special Session Update

    As we prepare for the special session, I wanted to share John Locke Foundation’s research on topics that will likely surface this week. As you keep up with legislation this week on and  and, JLF continues to be your best resource. Regarding the veto override for HB 56,…
    Becki Gray, October 3, 2017
  • House Budget – A Dozen Initial Take-Aways

    We’re still combing through last week’s committee reports, sorting out details from this morning’s Finance meeting and waiting for the full budget documents, but we’re starting to get a picture of what the House proposes in its budget. Here are a dozen things that struck me: 1. Spending is same…
    Becki Gray, May 30, 2017
  • Certificate of Need phase out in the Senate budget

    Tax cuts, prudent spending, saving more for a rainy day are a few of the good things in the Senate budget.  Phasing out NC’s egregious Certificate of Need (CON) laws is another.  What we know is CON limits access, increases costs and compromises the quality of health care. A complete…
    Becki Gray, May 23, 2017
  • Tort litigation abuse, nuisance remedies and protecting property rights: finding a balance. Let’s get it right.

    Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 467, Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies, on Friday. In his veto message, he noted, “Special protection for one industry opens the door to weakening our nuisance laws in other areas which can allow real harm to homeowners, the environment, and everyday North Carolinians.” He…
    Becki Gray, May 10, 2017
  • Senate budget offers more tax relief, saves more, keeps N.C. spending growth in check

    The N.C. Senate’s $22.9 billion General Fund budget plan would allow taxpayers to keep more of their own money, while also showing greater restraint than the governor in dealing with state spending growth. The John Locke Foundation budget team offers that reaction to Senate budget highlights unveiled in a Tuesday…
    Becki Gray, May 9, 2017