If You Like Your Job, You Can Keep Your Job… If You Work For the Government

Forbes: The Best States For Business 2018: North Carolina Leads The Way Site Selection Magazine: “North Carolina ranks second, as it did the previous three years…” WRAL: Employment in NC hits record; economist says job growth will continue An everyday North Carolinian would see those headlines and think we’re doing something right here in North Carolina. But not Rep. Pricey … Read More

THE ANTI-REFORMERS, PART 3: HOW MUCH TAX $$$ IS ENOUGH FOR COLE PHELPS?

Cole Phelps isn’t just another anti-reformer promising higher taxes, like Michael Garrett and John Campbell. In his short career as a public official, Cole Phelps has already raised taxes himself, and he’s itching to do it again. As a Washington County Commissioner, Phelps raised property taxes by about 10%. Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes: May 17, 2017 Now he’s running … Read More

THE ANTI-REFORMERS, PART 2: LEARNING ABOUT MICHAEL GARRETT

Another anti-reformer who opposed bipartisan tax cuts and teacher raises: Michael Garrett. Garrett has run for office several times, as both a Republican and a Democrat. This time, he moved in with his parents. Garrett says he supports teachers and public education, but on social media he’s blasted the state budgets that raised teacher pay (it’s now been raised five … Read More

CHICKEN LITTLE COOPERITES

Here we go again. Governor Cooper’s spendaholic Democrats are touting a Fiscal study claiming the conservative reform majorities’ tax cuts will produce billions in budget shortfalls (Oops – like the ones these same Democrats used to run up). This old song is as worn out as an old Donnie and Marie 45. Because remember when the reliably wrong Ned Barnett … Read More

TAX CUTS ARE ACE IN THE HOLE

So now the fate of the conservative majority may hinge on the redistricting roulette playing out in the courts. Under one scenario, the Governor could get his public wish – a snap election with new districts drawn in a special session. With a Democratic base hopped up on anti-Trump hate and the Governor’s power to auction off briefings by Cabinet … Read More

NORTH CAROLINA FOLLOWING GROWTH STRATEGIES

Scott Minard of Guggenheim Partners is a respected Wall Street voice. He recently wrote about the key points of increasing economic growth. Minard discusses sensible land use to help create millions of energy related jobs. North Carolina reformers have already passed careful energy development rules. He says “Governments at all levels should incentivize private sector investment by reducing regulatory hurdles, … Read More

MORE FAMILY INCOME TAX FREE

The Trump tax reform would make the first $24,000 of family income tax free. The N. C. Senate’s middle class tax cut will make the first $20,000 of family income tax free. The plans are on the table. The State Senate has already voted to make the first $20,000 of family income tax free. So here’s the question: Will the … Read More

RECRUIT AMAZON TAX REFORM?

Buried in the Senate’s Billion Dollar middle Class Tax Cut is a corporate tax change rewarding companies that invest and create jobs in North Carolina, while penalizing companies that simply ship products to North Carolina consumers from out of state without necessarily investing anything here. The reform is called Market Based Sourcing, but it ought to be called “Bring Jobs … Read More

A $3,500 INSULT?

When reading teachers who helped third graders make progress received a $3,500 bonus, the News & Observer called it insulting and bad. Gee. A $3,500 check wouldn’t insult us. And we can’t recall reading much about how teacher raises based on student achievement are improving education in Washington DC. The Carolina Partnership for Reform is here to present the other … Read More

ATTACK ON TAX CAP BEGINS

The predictable backlash against allowing the people to vote on a Constitutional Amendment putting a cap on how high politicians can raise income tax at no more than our current 5.5% has begun. Just like the pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm book-summary thought some animals were more equal than others, the News & Observer is angry everyone now pays … Read More