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CAROLINA’S TAX-CUT PAYOFF

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Tax-Cut Payoff in Carolina

Even with lower rates, tax revenues have increased 6% this year, and the state has a $400 million budget surplus.

by Stephen Moore  Mr. Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation
    June 4, 2015

Raleigh, N.C.

Four years ago North Carolina’s unemployment rate was above 10% and the state still bore the effects of its battering in the recession. Many rural towns faced jobless rates of more than 20%. But in 2013 a combination of the biggest tax-rate reductions in the state’s history and a gutsy but controversial unemployment-insurance reform supercharged the state’s economy and has even helped finance budget surpluses.

As Wells Fargo’s Economics Group recently put it: “North Carolina’s economy has shifted into high gear. Hiring has picked up across nearly every industry.”

The tax cut slashed the state’s top personal income-tax rate to 5.75%, near the regional average, from 7.75%, which had been the highest in the South. The corporate tax rate was cut to 5% from 6.9%. The estate tax was eliminated.

Next came the novel tough-love unemployment-insurance reforms. The state became the first in the nation to reject “free” federal payments for extended unemployment benefits and reduce the weeks of benefits to 20 from 26. The maximum weekly dollar amount of payments, $535, which had been among the highest in the nation, was trimmed to a maximum of $350 a week. As a result, tens of thousands of Carolinians left the unemployment rolls. (more…)

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CUTTING THE NATIONAL GUARD

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
CUTTING THE NATIONAL GUARD IS PENNY-WISE AND POUND-FOOLISH

Over the past decade, the United States has leaned upon our military at a level rarely seen in our nation’s history. Years-long deployments, long-term family separations, related health issues and the frustrations of dealing with an outmatched Veterans Affairs system have been their rewards for their service.

Granted, our military men and women understand the sacrifices required of them, and their continued service speaks volumes about their patriotism and character.

However, now President Obama wants to add another stress to their lives: fear of a pink slip.

As I have said for years, government desperately needs to cut spending. During this president’s tenure, though, we have spent billions on a nationalized health care system that isn’t working, and billions more in bailouts so the Federal Reserve could buy “troubled assets” from banks. The president seems addicted to spending your money.

Yet in the midst of all that waste, when he does decide to make cuts, he wants to start with the Army and National Guard.

This is not Mr. Obama’s first attempt at gutting the Guard, which is under the command of the nation’s governors in each of our respective states. In 2012, the Air Force attempted to cut the Air National Guard disproportionately to their active duty counterparts. Governors spoke up and congressional leaders rejected Mr. Obama’s plan, instead calling for a commission to study the structure of the Air Force. That commission recently released its findings, affirming that the Air Guard can provide the necessary capacity and capability at a lower cost.

It was apparently not a lesson that was learned. (more…)

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VIDEO – NC GOV PAT MCCRORY- WHY JOBS ARE INCREASING IN NORTH CAROLINA

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

 

 

FOX BUSINESS VIDEO  INTERVIEW – NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY- UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS CUT – JOBS ARE INCREASING AND UNEMPOYMENT RATE DROPPING
 
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VIDEO – CHRIS CHRISTIE’S FULL SPEECH AT CPAC 2014

Friday, March 7th, 2014

 

C-SPAN VIDEO – GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE AT CPAC 2014

 

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VIDEO – SCOTT WALKER INTERVIEWED RE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

 

VIDEO  – CNN – SCOTT WALKER INTERVIEWED ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – MANY GOOD IDEAS FROM A VERY EFFECTIVE GOVERNOR

 

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ERIC HOLDER VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA’S VOTER PHOTO ID

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

 

The Wall Street Journal

Eric Holder’s 2014 Racial Politics

The Attorney General tries to reverse a Supreme Court ruling by the back door.

For Eric Holder, American racial history is frozen in the 1960s. The Supreme Court ruled in June that a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer justified due to racial progress, but the U.S. Attorney General has launched a campaign to undo the decision state-by-state. His latest target is North Carolina, which he seems to think is run from the grave by the early version of George Wallace.

The real current Governor, Republican Pat McCrory, signed a law in August that requires voters to present government-issued photo ID at the polling station, including a state driver’s license or military ID. Voters who show up without one can still cast a provisional ballot pending their return with a photo ID. The law also shortens early voting to 10 days from 17 and ends a program that preregistered high school students before they were eligible to vote.

According to Mr. Holder, this amounts to a shocking return to the Jim Crow era. He describes these modest measures to secure the integrity of the ballot as “aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African Americans.” And he is suing the state to bring it back under the federal supervision of the Voting Rights Act for all of its future voting-law changes.image

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GOVERNOR WALKER DEFIES ORDER TO CLOSE FEDERALLY-FUNDED PARKS

Monday, October 7th, 2013

 

States Rights

Wisconsin Gov. Walker defies order to close federally-funded parks

FILE: June 5, 2012: Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker reacts at his victory party in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election.AP

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is defying a directive from the National Park Service to close down several state parks that receive federal funding in the wake of the partial government shutdown.

The Republican governor has directed the state Natural Resources Department to keep open parks that receive a majority of their funding from the state, The Hill reported.

The department recently intervened after the Fish and Wildlife Service placed barricades near a  Mississippi River boat launch because it was on federal land. The barricades were removed because of a decades-old agreement between Wisconsin and the federal government, state officials said.

“We respect the magnitude of the process the federal government has had to undertake to close its properties and certain activities on properties they own and manage,” Cathy Stepp, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, told agency employees in an email obtained by The Hill.

“However, after close review and legal consult, [the Department of Natural Resources] has clarified areas where the federal procedures are over-reaching by ordering the closure of properties where the state has management authority through existing agreements.”

State officials also said Wisconsin will not not fully follow a Fish and Wildlife Service directive that hunting and fishing be prohibited on federal lands during the partial shutdown, according to the report. (more…)

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NORTH CAROLINA LT. GOV DAN FOREST QUESTIONS IMPLEMENTATION AND ADOPTION OF COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

 

July 22, 2013

Everything You Wanted to Ask About Common Core, and More

By Ann Kane

North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has written a set of over 200 questions challenging the state superintendent of public schools to explain in detail the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards — before the State Board of Education’s scheduled August 7-8 meeting.

 

Lt. Gov. Forest’s bold approach to finding the underlying cause of the CCSS in his state no doubt will be answered with attacks, as speaking truth to power rarely results in transparency on the latter’s part.  By questioning authority, the Lt. Gov. is showing us how to resist the tyranny of the minority.

 

Dr. June Atkinson, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a June 12 letter defending CCSS, has already begun a counterattack on why “a pause in the implementation of the Common Core” would be detrimental.  She implies that the entire educational structure would fall apart and that such an action would lead “to not teach students how to read, write, speak, listen, and learn math such as adding, multiplying, dividing, subtracting, etc.”  To which Forest in #26 returns with “North Carolina did not use the CCSS standards until this past school year. Do you believe that we have not been teaching our students to read, write, speak, listen, and learn math for the past several decades?”

 

Then, this past Friday, the Department of Public Instruction returned another volley at the Lt. Gov.  On his Facebook Forest writes, “DPI asked that I supply 10,000 pieces of paper so that they could answer my questions.”  He sent them the requested reams.  DPI could be pulling all-nighters.

 

It doesn’t appear that anyone checked out the ramifications of the CCSS before the state adopted them in 2010.  The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the standards on June 2, 2010, and North Carolina’s SBE adopted them two days later.  There was no legislative debate and no real public debate (there was a two-month window for public comments, but who knew?).

 

In his inquiry, Lt. Gov. Forest broaches the topic of international standards under the section entitled “Development of Standards” when he asks, “Who created the international standards to which the CCSS is benchmarked?”  Maybe he knows the answer already, but he wants to see if the chief of schools knows it. (more…)

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HOW NORTH CAROLINA BECAME THE WISCONSIN OF 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

 

THE ATLANTIC

How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin

of 2013

With a Republican takeover of state government and weekly protests in Raleigh, the Tar Heel State is the front line in America’s partisan battle
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Nowhere is the battle between liberal and conservative visions of government fiercer than North Carolina. From the environment to guns, abortion to campaign finance, religion to taxes, Raleigh has become a battleground that resembles Madison, Wisconsin, in 2011.

Just as Wisconsinites seemed shocked that their state could become so polarized, North Carolina seems like an unlikely candidate for such fierce political clashes. North Carolinians like to boast that their state is “a vale of humility between two mountains of conceit.” Until recently, it was certainly an oasis of political calm between Virginia — a fast-changing purple state fighting battles over transvaginal ultrasounds — and South Carolina, home of outspoken conservatives like Jim DeMint and Joe Wilson. The Tar Heel State was more moderate. For most of the last century, Democrats controlled the governorship, and they also tended to control the state legislature. Meanwhile, the state voted for a Republican in every presidential election from 1980 to 2004. In 2008, a major push by Barack Obama won him the state by a tiny margin, and it seemed that North Carolina, like Virginia, might be an emerging purple or even bluish state.

Then in the 2010 election, Republicans took control of both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time since 1870. Two years later, Republican Pat McCrory won the governorship (incumbent Governor Bev Perdue, a Democrat, opted not to run in the face of almost certain defeat). Obama, meanwhile, failed to hold the state in the 2012 presidential race, even after Democrats staged their nominating convention in Charlotte.

That’s where our story begins: when the Republicans took over Raleigh. McCrory seems like an unexpected man to oversee a dramatic rightward shift. He was the more centrist GOP contender for the gubernatorial nomination in 2008 (he lost to Perdue, barely) and had spent 14 years as mayor of Charlotte, earning a reputation as a moderate. But the combination of Republican control of both the governorship and the legislature has emboldened the GOP to take up a slew of conservative priorities. Central to the push is Art Pope, a wealthy businessman and political benefactor who is sometimes described as North Carolina’s answer to the Koch brothers, and whom McCrory appointed as state budget director. Pope and his associates spent $2.2 million in state races in the 2010 cycle alone, Jane Mayer reported in 2011. (more…)

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THE RED-STATE PATH TO PROSPERITY

Friday, March 29th, 2013

 

The Wall Street Journal

  • March 28, 2013

Laffer and Moore: The Red-State Path to

Prosperity

Blue states with high taxes are struggling to compete for businesses and workers.

By ARTHUR B. LAFFER
AND STEPHEN MOORE

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  Among the 10 fastest-growing metro areas last year were Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. All of these are in low-tax, business-friendly red states. Blue-state areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence and Rochester were among the biggest population losers. 

You can tell a lot about prosperity in America by observing the places people are moving to and where they are packing up and moving from. New Census Bureau data on metropolitan areas indicate that the South and the Sunbelt regions continue to grow, while the Northeast and Midwest continue to shrink.

Among the 10 fastest-growing metro areas last year were Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. All of these are in low-tax, business-friendly red states. Blue-state areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence and Rochester were among the biggest population losers. 

This migration isn’t accidental. Workers and business owners are responding to clear economic incentives. Red states in the Southeast and Sunbelt are following the Reagan model by reducing tax rates and easing regulations. They also offer right-to-work laws as an enticement for businesses to come and set up shop. Meanwhile, the blue states of the Northeast, joined by California, Minnesota and Illinois, are implementing the Obama model of raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy to fund government “investments” and union power.

The contrast sets up a wonderful natural laboratory to test rival economic ideas. (more…)

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