IS COOPER VETTING HIS CABINET PICKS?

Conservative reformers are uncovering more and more reasons to be concerned about Governor Cooper’s pick to lead the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. From the Civitas Institute’s Francis De Luca: Has Roy Cooper nominated a telephone scammer? Governor Roy Cooper’s nomination of Michael Regan to be the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality is troubling in light of information obtained from the NC … Read More

COOPER’S DISINGENUOUS TAX ON HOSPITAL PATIENTS

In Roy Cooper’s patently illegal plan to expand Medicaid, nothing is more disingenuous than Cooper’s claim that hospitals, not taxpayers, will pay for it. Let’s just ignore the fact that state law prohibits any state agency from expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare. With a rubber stamp State Supreme Court behind him, Cooper obviously doesn’t have to worry about obeying the law … Read More

COOPER’S COMING WAR ON FARMERS, LANDOWNERS?

Judging from Governor Cooper’s pick of Michael Regan to run the Department of Environmental Quality, farmers and timber growing landowners better hold on to their wallets because massive new regulations may be close at hand. Regan, a former honcho at the Environmental Defense Fund, has a record of advocating more regulations on farmers and North Carolina’s timber growing industry, which … Read More

KING COOPER’S MEDICAID DECREE?

Barack Obama tried to be a one-man ruler by executive order (a precedent liberals are suddenly concerned might come back to bite them.) Now with a rubber stamp Supreme Court, we hear Governor Cooper is planning Medicaid expansion by executive order. That would be illegal, since the legislature appropriates money and nothing is appropriated for giving single, childless, able-bodied, working-age … Read More

DON’T LET COOPER DRAG US BACK TO THE FUTURE

Between 2001 and 2010, North Carolina raised taxes practically every year and our economic performance, along with opportunity, sank relative to our region and the nation. Why would we want to go back to that stagnation now that conservative reforms have given us America’s best economic growth? But that is exactly where we are headed if Governor Cooper appoints liberal … Read More

12 REFORMS

CPR has been working on a conservative reform-themed 12 Days of Christmas. Until we put it in jingle form, here are 12 reforms the Legislature should pass: A Constitutional Amendment freezing income and sales tax rates. A Constitutional Amendment rebating half of budget surpluses to taxpayers and saving half. A Constitutional Amendment on school choice to protect it from a … Read More

WIN-WIN AMENDMENTS. DON’T PASS THEM UP.

Reforming state government is the right thing to do. And sometimes, it happens to be great politics. A conservative majority shouldn’t pass up those win-win opportunities. Take three constitutional amendments being considered by the legislature: Letting voters decide if we should lower the state income tax cap, and put a tighter handcuff of big-spending politicians, is good policy. Reformers have … Read More

MORE TAX REFORM PRAISE

Nationally prominent and local groups have praised North Carolina’s job-generating tax reform. “In totality, this package puts North Carolina on a pro-growth trajectory with a low, broad tax structure. The reforms will vault North Carolina from 44th to 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index.” – Cato Institute “We thank the Governor and members of the General … Read More

TAX REFORM AND DEFICIT THAT NEVER WAS

Remember when good old Ned Barnett blasted conservatives for running up a deficit by cutting taxes? Whoops. Ned’s deficit was a hoax because it was really a surplus. Here’s what nationally-known economic writer Steve Moore said. “Even with lower rates, tax revenues are up about 6% this year according to the state budget office. On May 6, Gov. McCrory announced … Read More

TAX REFORM FACTS

Some claim tax reform raised taxes on the middle class by expanding the sales tax base. Here are the facts: When the conservative reform majority was elected, it cut the sales tax rate 17% by repealing Governor Perdue’s sales tax increase. That reduction immediately saved lower and middle-income families $400 million annually. Analyst John Hood explains that North Carolina is … Read More