carolina cronyism (page 20)

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    A 19th century approach to personnel?

    Michael C. Byrne writes in the N&O about House Bill 834, which he says would “make it nearly impossible for state employees to challenge their dismissals, a practical return to the 19th century system where state employees serve at the governor’s pleasure.” Byrne writes: Under the new bill,…
    Jon Sanders, May 20, 2013
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    Tesla foiled?

    Is it any business of the State of North Carolina to prevent her citizens from buying a car, such as the Tesla Model S electric car, directly from the manufacturer online or over the phone? Apparently, not one, not two, but almost seven dozen North Carolinians have bought…
    Jon Sanders, May 16, 2013
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    N&O quaffs a heady brew of Old Cronyism

    There’s a fun article today in The News & Observer, you know, the Raleigh newspaper that can affect a zero-tolerance-sounding policy for special interests and the General Assembly when it comes to legislators and the American Legislative Exchange Council (as opposed to legislators and the National Association of State Legislatures)…
    Jon Sanders, May 15, 2013
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    A tale of two renewable energy polls

    The new poll by Civitas found “Voters soundly opposed to paying more for so-called Green Energy.” Earlier this year a poll by the NC Sustainable Energy Association found “North Carolinians overwhelmingly support the increased use of clean energy sources like solar or wind energy.” In my newsletter today,…
    Jon Sanders, May 8, 2013
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    NY has more generous film incentives than NC. So why was ‘Gatsby’ filmed in Australia?

    The Great Gatsby is a story set in Long Island. The state of New York offers production companies an even more aggressive array of film incentives than North Carolina, including a 30 percent, fully refundable tax credit. This is a no-brainer, right? “Gatsby” would obviously be filmed in its…
    Jon Sanders, May 3, 2013
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    So did Iron Man save the day or not?

    My latest newsletter examines the widely disparate job counts of studies of North Carolina’s film incentives. It basically boils down to one model that takes into account costs and benefits and one model that calculates only benefits. Beyond that, I look at other concerns over film incentives: there is…
    Jon Sanders, May 2, 2013
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    Special interests and Republicans’ key ally in the fight against captive ratepayers

    Roy Cordato’s newsletter today puts it starkly: The Republican controlled House Public Utilities Committee voted 18-13 yesterday –allying themselves with the Obama administration and powerful special interest groups against North Carolina’s electricity customers — to defeat the rollback of the state’s renewable portfolio standard. Republicans allying themselves with…
    Jon Sanders, April 25, 2013
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    Apparently, Iron Man couldn’t survive without unconstitutional funding

    One of the many problems with the state film tax incentives is that they are refundable. As I wrote in my report N.C.’s Film Tax Incentives: Good Old-Fashioned Corporate Welfare: Furthermore, in North Carolina, the film tax credits could exceed a film production company’s total tax liability, in which…
    Jon Sanders, April 19, 2013