carolina cronyism (page 20)

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    Questionable studies’ implication: NC cost itself over a billion dollars by spending on the wrong cronies

    The long-awaited, no-opportunity-cost, all-production-is-driven-by-the-incentive study of the North Carolina film incentive by an NC State professor of supply chain management is now out, and it produced a super-multiplier finding quite typical of industry studies: Beginning in 2007, when the incentive was first enacted, through 2012,…
    Jon Sanders, April 1, 2014
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    No dance this time: NC film industry is on life support

    Unlike the usual news stories about how a heavily subsidized industry is an amazing success story, today’s WRAL article about the state’s film credits was all about how the North Carolina film industry is completely, absolutely, utterly dependent on corporate welfare. Basically, the message is, if North Carolinians…
    Jon Sanders, June 13, 2013
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    So why does it need propping up by government mandate?

    North Carolina’s governor is the latest to make the Amazingly Strong Industry Is Incredibly Weak argument about solar:…
    Jon Sanders, June 4, 2013
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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