CORPORATE TAX RATES MATTER

The media would like us to think lower corporate taxes won’t affect business expansion and job creation. But just check out this list of American corporations that transferred to other countries with lower taxes using a process called inversion. That’s powerful evidence tax rates do matter. Conservative reformers began cutting corporate tax rates in 2013 and now we have the … Read More

30 STEAKS

Harris Teeter had filet mignon steaks for $11 apiece the other day. You can buy almost 30 of them with the savings the conservative Senate majority wants to provide your family on state income taxes. Their new billion dollar middle class tax cut plan raises the standard deduction by making the first $20,000 of family income tax-free. Their plan cuts … Read More

CHOICES AND COOPERATION

In his budget and State of the State address, Governor Cooper dumped a grab bag full of spending notions on the table while avoiding choices. Example: The Governor wants double-digit raises for teachers who already average about $50,000 a year. Equal raises for good teachers and bad teachers. Nothing about rewarding our best with bigger raises or changing the tenure … Read More

BLOCK THE TAXERS

With support from two Democrats, Senate conservatives passed the Constitutional Amendment freezing income tax rates at no higher rate than our current 5.5%, the lowest among North Carolina’s bordering states. House members should jump aboard the tax cap, which is backed by 68% of voters. Under Democrats, our tax rivaled New York‘s at over 8%. And our economy stagnated. But … Read More

THE LAZY AND THE GREEDY AGAINST THE NEEDY

Anyone glancing at statistics on student debt will conclude millennials are having a rough time financially. So we raised an eyebrow when the UNC Faculty Assembly trashed the Board of Governors and the Legislature for a myriad of sins, demanding accreditation agencies stop the push for reform in the UNC System. Among the sins the Faculty Assembly detests: the conservative … Read More

VOTERS SUPPORT TAX RATE CAP

According to a new poll, 68% of North Carolina voters want to limit the power of politicians to raise taxes with a Constitutional Amendment capping income tax at 5.5%. That’s a five-point increase in voter support for a tax limitation since last year. It’s a no-brainer. By reducing Governor Perdue’s sky-high taxes and leaving more money in the economy and … Read More

WILL COOPER CHOOSE PEOPLE OR THE WATERDOGS?

Roy Cooper will soon face a choice between the thousands of jobs the Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline will produce for North Carolina families… and the waterdogs. The Neuse River Waterdog doesn’t wag its tail, beg or bark. Maybe it hisses. It’s a salamander. Here it is. And because the waterdog is so precious, so necessary and so rare, environmental … Read More

MANDY COHEN ON FRAUD: TRUST, DON’T VERIFY

As a senior adviser, Mandy Cohen played a key role in crafting Obamacare. In testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen admitted there were few checks on Obamacare outreach navigators to prevent fraud. In effect, the door was left wide open for fraud with a trust, don’t verify attitude. The Committee reported: “During the staff briefing, Ms. Cohen stated that … Read More

DOES EDF AGREE WITH PUTIN?

While the media isn’t ballyhooing it, the Intelligence Report on Russian hacking says Russian propaganda promotes anti-fracking hysteria to damage American energy producers to squelch their competition against Russia. The report said ”“RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health,” the report noted, referring to hydraulic fracturing, an innovative oil and gas extraction technique. “This … Read More

THE WARPED WORLD OF NC’S TEACHERS UNION

The top 25% of North Carolina’s 3rd grade reading teachers are getting a merit pay bonus of up to $3,500 based on the amount of improvement their students demonstrate on reading tests. The Washington Post reported a Harvard study proved paying teachers for performance boosts student outcomes. And incentives for better performance on the job are just common sense to … Read More