Cronyism (page 8)

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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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    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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    Sebelius’ serial abuse of power is to help Obamacare, so it’s ‘OK’

    Cato’s Michael Cannon explores this subject in detail. Her latest abuse of power is to shake down companies and groups she regulates to “contribute” to nonprofits that are “working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law.”…
    Jon Sanders, May 13, 2013
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    Obama’s exorbitant green jobs put Reagan’s scandalous toilet seats to shame

    Do you remember when the media were apoplexed by reports that the Defense Department during the days of Reagan were spending hundreds, hundreds of dollars on porcelain throne lids? USA Today does, or did when former Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger died. For those who don’t, yes, there have…
    Jon Sanders, May 9, 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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    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
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    Power to the People

    That’s the title of my new Carolina Cronyism series report on SB 3 and its costly, regressive renewable portfolio standard. Here is one of the many charts: Here are a few of the Key Facts from the report: Because electricity is a basic necessity, higher rates are highly…
    Jon Sanders, March 28, 2013