KEEP KOOL-AID ON RULES COMMITTEE SHELF

Beware Greeks bearing gifts? No. They’re fine. Beware NCAE lobbying for passage of HB13. It’s spiked with Jim Jones style suicide Kool-Aid. The House passed HB13 allowing local school bureaucrats to evade the 1/16 – 1/17 class size reduction in the early grades reform-minded conservatives put into law two years ago that will take effect this fall. The bureaucrats would … Read More

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

WICKER SAYS TAXING CAP WOULD PASS

Asked on N. C. Spin if he thinks a Constitutional Amendment capping income tax at 5.5% would be approved by voters, former Lieutenant Governor Dennis Wicker said ”I think it would pass.” He’s right. Voters are fed up with politicians and would gladly clip their power by limiting their ability to tax. Currently, the politicians in North Carolina can raise … Read More

LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE VOTER ID

After winning a narrow victory where charges of voter fraud abounded, Roy Cooper has dropped the state’s defense of determining a voter’s true name by requiring them to show a Photo ID just when you get on an airplane, cash a check or buy certain medicines. It is legally questionable, at best, since the Legislature is defending Voter ID in … Read More

DON’T PAY THEM

A suggestion: The legislature should cut off salary money for Governor Cooper’s ghost cabinet secretaries. And we mean ghost secretaries because, according to Roy Cooper, they haven’t yet been appointed. Cooper is fighting tooth and nail to keep his cabinet secretaries out of the Senate confirmation room. Larry Hall no-showed again today, for the third time. And the governor and … 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

HOW NOT TO SPEND THE SURPLUS

With conservative economic reforms working, North Carolina now has a half-billion dollar budget surplus. Fair minds can debate what to do with an extra $550 million. Return it to taxpayers? More Rainy Day savings? Teacher raises? All of the above? More on that in the coming weeks. Here’s what legislators should NOT do: allow school bureaucrats to ignore the conservative … Read More