Gov. Roy Cooper

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    Why do politicians offer economic development incentives?

    The state’s long-term commitment of incentives to Apple and others, is “just burning money,” according to Nathan Jensen of the University of Texas. He told WRAL that past 20 years, What you’re offering doesn’t make it any more attractive. You’re really borrowing against future revenues for very little benefit. The…
    Joseph Coletti, May 21, 2018
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    CJ: N.C. legislative leaders propose plan that boosts subsidies to lure big corporations

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on a development some speculate is related to the potential interest by Apple to locate a facility in the Raleigh/Durham are. Legislative leaders will boost tax-paid subsidies available in the $23.9 billion 2018-19 budget proposal to seduce multibillion-dollar corporations to locate in the state.
    Donna Martinez, May 18, 2018
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    What happens when spending grows faster than revenue?

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed budget would raise taxes from current law and guarantee additional tax increases in future years. Based on current law, including $500 million in lower taxes, state government would have $25 billion available in the General Fund to spend, though $1.1 billion of that is nonrecurring money…
    Joseph Coletti, May 14, 2018
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    Walkout Wednesday: A pro-Democrat rally disguised as a fight for higher pay

    Travis Fain of WRAL points out, The NCAE slices the data on teacher salaries differently than the GOP leadership, saying the state is one of the worst in the country in per-pupil spending, which it puts at $2,400 behind the national average. The state ranks 37th in the country…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Evelyn Howell profiles for Carolina Journal Online the Republican primary in N.C. Senate District 31. John Hood’s Daily Journal identifies four areas in which Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has followed the policies of his Republican predecessor.
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on expert assessments of Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest courtroom losses. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how peer pressure can produce good public policy.
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2018
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    Wake Rep. Darren Jackson Defends Gov. Cooper, Says Pipeline Fund Controversy Just Election-Year Politics

    Interesting news conference from several legislative Democrats on Thursday, led by House Minority Leader Darren Jackson of Wake County. As reported by Dan Way of Carolina Journal, Rep. Jackson defended Gov. Cooper’s unusual $57.8 million discretionary fund, which cut the General Assembly out of the appropriations process. And then…
    Donna Martinez, March 16, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State lawmakers continue to question the $58 million they label Gov. Roy Cooper’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline “slush fund.” Dan Way recaps the latest developments in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops highlights important new facts and figures linked to N.C. public schools. John Hood…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018