Roy Cooper’s Blast from the Past

Ribbon Cutter in Chief Roy Cooper gave a speech yesterday where he laid out several of his priorities for this year’s upcoming budget debate. The N&O detailed some of the highlights, including: • An average raise of 9.1% this biennium (last biennium he vetoed a 9.5% raise) • $40 million to hire more nurses, psychologists and other support staff at … Read More

Ouch: First Term Senator On a Mission to Spend Money

First-term Senator Wiley Nickel has hit the ground running after a couple of months on the job. Hungry to make sure he isn’t outflanked by anyone in Raleigh to promise the most amount of money spent he’s co-sponsored bills like a fiscally irresponsible Medicaid expansion bill and giveaways to Hollywood millionaires. Sen. Nickel’s insatiable desire to spend money that he … Read More

School Choice For Me But Not For Thee

Politicians like first-term State Senators Kirk deViere and Harper Peterson rode into office on big promises to “invest” – i.e. spend our tax dollars – in all kinds of things. Already, anti-reformers in the legislature are promising Medicaid expansion, a multi-billion-dollar bond, the laughable-if-it-weren’t-so-terrifying Green New Deal, and massive handouts to Hollywood corporations. They might as well say “everyone gets … Read More

Medicaid Expansion: Good Intentions, Terrible Costs

Bill filing period is here at the NCGA, and with it some of the standard fulfilling-campaign-promises filings. No surprise that our friends on the left immediately got to work expanding government. And yesterday, first term Senator Wiley Nickel tweeted: That sound you’re hearing is the now Daily Mantra of Liberals. “Conservatives!  Hail Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion.  Beware Kansas’s Tax Cuts.” But … 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

WHEN $1.3 BILLION ISN’T ENOUGH

It seems the conservative reformers on Jones Street are getting serious about a Constitutional Amendment that gives voters the chance to cap tax rates and handcuff big-spending politicians. The House Finance Committee approved the tax cap last week, and the entire House is poised to sign off soon. This is good news for taxpayers, good news for the state’s economy … Read More

DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS SIDE WITH POLITICIANS ON TAX LIMITATION

Our recent statewide issues poll reveals 62% of voters agree with a Constitutional Amendment limiting the income tax to no more than 5.5%. But anti-reform Democrat legislators refuse any limit on the power of politicians to raise taxes. And the blindly left wing Budget and Tax Center predictably says handcuffing the politicians will starve North Carolina. Never mind that the … 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

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