(9.30.10) Political Heavyweights Enter the Ring in House District 81
RALEIGH — The 2008 contest was one of the closest and most expensive House races of the year, according to the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation. NCFEF reports Democratic Rep. Hugh Holliman spent $342,743 while Republican Rayne Brown spent just $15,258. The average cost of a winning House campaign was $65,807.
(9.24.10) GOP Hopeful of Capturing Senate Seat Held by Hoyle in District 43
GASTONIA — The two candidates vying to replace retiring Democratic state Sen. David Hoyle — the nine-term Gaston County legislator known as a consistent pro-business voice and vote — are signaling they’ll also back business on a key economic issue: the corporate income tax rate.
(8.27.10) Those Who Hire Workers Deserve Praise, Too
Laborers honored during the upcoming holiday would have little to celebrate without the employers who need their work.
(7.19.10) Orange County Asks Voters To Pick Their (Tax) Poison
HILLSBOROUGH — If a Nov. 2 referendum were approved, Orange County’s sales tax rate would jump to 8 percent sometime in 2011 and generate an estimated $2.3 million per year in additional revenue.
(6.04.10) A Kitchen-Table Discussion of Economic Facts
No time for academic tomes? Don't worry. A popular television show teaches much of what you need to know about market forces.
(5.18.10) Collective Bargaining Bill for Public Safety Workers Could Cost Taxpayers
RALEIGH — S. 3194, The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009, sponsored and introduced April 12 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would override North Carolina law forcing the state, municipalities, and counties to recognize and bargain collectively with unions representing police, firefighters, emergency medical responders, and others.
(4.30.10) Overdue Tax Bill, Not Smoking Ban Fight, Puts Hookah Bar Out of Business
CHAPEL HILL — Hookah bar owner Adam Bliss had long feared the state’s smoking ban would effectively shut down his Chapel Hill business and take his $70,000 investment with it. But today, Bliss says his failure to pay his property taxes led his landlord to padlock the doors on Hookah Bliss.
(4.20.10) Orange County Adds New Barriers to Hookah Bar Owner Trying To Comply with Smoking Ban
CHAPEL HILL — On Monday, Adam Bliss, owner of Hookah Bliss on Franklin Street, notified the Orange County Health Department that he has stopped selling beer, reluctantly putting a temporary halt to his defiance until he can raise money for a legal fight. By ending beer sales, Bliss is seeking to meet the law’s definition of a tobacco shop, which is exempt from the ban.
(4.08.10) A Sure Way To Boost Voter Turnout
RALEIGH -- Pundits wring their hands over low levels of voter participation. But rarely do they offer realistic ideas to increase turnout.
(4.02.10) A Surefire Way to Boost Voter Turnout
Americans will head to the polls if they know their roles in footing the government's bills.