Becki Gray

Senior Vice President

Posts by Becki Gray (page 8)

  • 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
  • Overtime pay. What happens when gov’t interferes. (again)

    You’ve heard about the Obama mandates for raising the minimum wage and the consequences that work against sound economics. Regular readers of JLF know the facts, reports, studies, scholarly opinion, arguments and pleas for good economics.  But yet the federal government continues this nonsense. Now…
    Becki Gray, April 14, 2016
  • Commuters, Counties and Carolina roadways

    Some interesting thoughts on commuting in this report, A Commentary on the Notion of Extreme Commutes.  With more and more folks traveling across county lines every day, what impact will these patterns have on NC’s transportation funding?  Will providing safe and viable roadways for commuters be a way to…
    Becki Gray, April 13, 2016
  • Municipal owned broadband not a good idea but one that may come back.

    A new economic study entitled, The Impact of Government Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare dives into the issue of whether municipalities ought to own broadband systems.  State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) findings?  Government owned broadband is not the best idea. “State laws that oversee and…
    Becki Gray, April 12, 2016