Category: State Government

  • Mike Easley’s Political Problem

    The governor's decision to withhold local revenues to cities and counties turned an inside-the-Beltline story into front-page news across the state.. The result is a declining approval rating.

  • Let’s Just Start Over

    Now that the N.C. Supreme Court has halted the legislative primaries, the Democratic majority in the General Assembly should try to produce a fair and competitive set of districts – and the state should delay all primaries until the summer.

  • Throw Taxpayers from the Train

    While the state faces a budget crunch and Congress considers cutting off subsidies, Amtrak boosters in NC are pushing for two new inter-city rail routes to Asheville and Wilmington. What's next, stagecoach rides?…

  • Time for a Margin Call

    North Carolina’s top income tax rate is now 6th highest in the nation. Such a high marginal tax rate on income-generating activity is the wrong message to send as the state seeks to recover from economic recession.

  • Research Devil’s Triangle

    Boosters of government research subsidies accept uncritically the idea that more taxpayer spending means higher economic returns. Unfortunately, this simplistic model is being used to defend UNC and special-interest pork from budget cuts.

  • Now That’s a Legislature

    If N.C. House members represented the same number of citizens as do their counterparts in Vermont or New Hampshire, we could have 2,222 representatives in that body. Sound ridiculous? But the body couldn't meet often or long enough to do any real damage.

  • Liberal Groups to Grow

    Despite having far more lucrative sources of funds, leftist groups will continue to be viewed as outgunned, outmanned, and closer to average citizens than conservatives, though the opposite is far closer to the truth.

  • Easley Didn’t Need This Publicity

    Rather than cutting revenues to local governments -- and thus transforming an inside-the-Beltline story about a $1 billion state budget deficit into hot local news -- the governor should have tapped reserves with fewer statewide constituents.