Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 126)

  • Accuracy in Academia Showcases Carolina Journal Story About MIT Solar Facility in Currituck County

    From Last year, MIT proudly announced that it was building a solar energy plant in North Carolina that it claimed would benefit both the bay and “tar heel” states. More than half a year later, those benefits are looking ever more theoretical with each passing month. “James…
    Donna Martinez, May 22, 2017
  • CJ Exclusive: Cooper’s Veto Strategy Could ‘Win’ Over Time, Analysts Say

    From Monday’s Carolina Journal: Gov. Roy Cooper is on a pace that could rival former Gov. Bev Perdue’s record number of gubernatorial vetoes. But almost half of Perdue’s vetoes survived, while Cooper has yet to sustain a single one. Political analysts say wins and losses aren’t the real prize, and…
    Donna Martinez, May 22, 2017
  • How Does Brexit Impact North Carolina?

    The architect of the successful ‘Vote Leave’ campaign stopped by JLF recently to talk about the impact of Brexit on the United States, on North Carolina, and what we can learn from the message voters sent to the European Union. Matthew Elliott is now senior fellow at the Legatum Institute…
    Donna Martinez, May 22, 2017
  • You’re Invited: Tracing the History of Craft Spirits in North Carolina

    Bring your lunch and join us Monday at noon for a fascinating look at the craft spirit industry in North Carolina. John Trump – the author of “Still & Barrel” – will trace the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum. He’ll also talk about the almost 50 distilleries…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2017
  • Keeping More Of Your Money: What the Senate’s Proposed $1 Billion Tax Cut Means To You

    The N.C. Senate budget plan includes a $1 billion tax cut over the biennium. JLF’s Joe Coletti details the changes here. Take a quick look and then read the whole piece. It includes lots more great information about the Senate’s restrained spending plan. Personal Income Tax Reduces the personal…
    Donna Martinez, May 20, 2017
  • The Hidden Taxes in North Carolina’s Sales Tax

    Dr. Roy Cordato explains a key point of North Carolina tax policy that many of us don’t realize. I am referring to the fact that North Carolina taxes final sales of products to the end consumer and business to business on sales. That is, it taxes goods that are inputs…
    Donna Martinez, May 19, 2017
  • Is a $30 Million Ballpark a Good Investment for High Point Taxpayers?

    High Point is one of the many cities across this country that believe in the value of a sports facility to spur economic growth. As our Julie Tisdale details in this piece, there’s a fascinating new development in the story of High Point’s desire to build a ballpark. Nido Qubein,…
    Donna Martinez, May 18, 2017
  • Now THIS is Educational Innovation

    A cool $24 million. That’s the return on investment of $15,000 in Snap Inc. made by a California private school. Writing at, reporter Michael McGrady tells the story, with comments from JLF’s Terry Stoops. “When government is not the sole financier of an educational institution, school leaders can focus…
    Donna Martinez, May 18, 2017