Coming Soon to North Carolina: Redistribution of Wealth?

Anti-reform progressives in the legislature are still trying to play some of their greatest hits from the 2000s, now introducing legislation to reinstate the Earned Income Tax Credit. Initially added to the North Carolina tax code in 2007, it was meant to serve as a lifeline to low-income families struggling to get out of poverty. While it may have been … 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

The Left’s Latest Campaign to Stomp On Student Success

Last week the News & Observer reported that certain groups on the left are pushing for a cap on the number of charter schools allowed in North Carolina. The self-styled champions of “progress,” Public Schools First NC, is making a renewed push to limit the number of educational freedoms that families have, demanding legislators place a cap on charter schools. … 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

UNC, STATE BAR LOBBY AGAINST PEOPLE ‘S RIGHT TO VOTE ON JUDGES

The Daily Haymaker reports UNC’s $437,000 a year general counsel, who is also State Bar president, is ginning up opposition to allowing people to elect their judges every two years. So who is Mark Merritt? And why is he lobbying against electing judges every two years? Well, our taxpayer-paid, university lawyer and Bar president would have us believe he’s all … 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

COOPER’S NAKED POLITICS

There’s a reality show called “Naked and Afraid.” Governor Cooper would star in “Naked Politics.” Even the Charlotte Observer certifies it. Here’s what the liberal editorial board said about the governor’s demand for a redistricting special session: “On Wednesday, the governor called for a special 14-day session for the legislative branch to draw new maps for the legislative districts involved … Read More