Becki Gray

Senior Vice President

Posts by Becki Gray (page 8)

  • Overall, a sweet deal for NC taxpayers.

    There is much to-do over the sales tax expansion going into effect today. Some are even screaming from the rooftops about a “tax increase” So what’s the overall impact, the big picture? Is there a tax increase on North Carolina taxpayers, as some are claiming? In a word: no. Here’s…
    Becki Gray, March 1, 2016
  • A Friday recipe for your Valentine.

    During my weekly WTSB Friday interview, the talk turned from occupational licensing, tax cuts, and the shortage of NC Constitutions to something more fun – Valentine’s Day.  Looking for something quick, delicious and easy to impress your sweetie?  Here’s something that guarantees hugs from your honey: Hug your…
    Becki Gray, February 12, 2016
  • Tax breaks or tax cuts? $187.4 million on the line

    At the NCGA Revenue Laws Committee meeting this week, during the discussion on increasing the standard deduction, Rep Mike Hager asked what if there was additional $187.4 Million revenue that could be redirected to further increasing the standard deduction?  Fiscal Research staff did not have the numbers then but has…
    Becki Gray, February 11, 2016
  • Direct primary care is a good idea. For lots of reasons.

    Direct primary care is a good idea, an alternative to red tape/bureaucracy nightmare of some health insurance. Katherine has explained that it supports a doctor/patient bond,  Dan has reported that it could lower costs for Medicaid and state workers, As with so many issues, removing federal government…
    Becki Gray, February 8, 2016
  • Zero tax brackets, reforms that work. For all NC families.

    Heard all that talk about tax cuts only for the rich?  80% of North Carolinians saw an increase in their taxes?  Whaaaat? It’s been thoroughly debunked. The tax reforms that began in 2011 with a roll-back of a sales tax increase (A $1B tax cut for anyone who buys…
    Becki Gray, February 4, 2016
  • That NC Nothing Compares logo? Now available in an attractive, affordable license plate. Get ’em while they’re hot. Or not.

    In case you are looking for a specialty plate for your car promoting NC, here you go….   It’s the new NC logo – Nothing Compares.  For only $15, you can sport a logo that was named “Worst of 2015” by an Austin Texas design firm, Under Consideration.
    Becki Gray, February 3, 2016
  • Cooking something up on Friday afternoon

    Have I mentioned that I won a blue ribbon at the NC State Fair for apple butter?  Many  LR readers not only know but have enjoyed (I hope!) a jar of this famous concoction.  Here’s a suggestion for a sweet and savory treat with apple butter: Smoked Gouda…
    Becki Gray, January 29, 2016
  • NC’s public safety reforms are paying off

    According to a sidebar in the latest edition of Reason Magazine, North Carolina is one of several states that has put measures in place to reduce the number of non-violent criminals in the prison population. Over the past five years, North Carolina has seen a reduction in our violent…
    Becki Gray, January 28, 2016