Tag:N.C. General Assembly

  • Skepticism is healthy, but political posturing is not 

    Since 2011, the Republican-led General Assembly has enacted transformational reforms. These include changes to our tax structure, how we pay for infrastructure, and more options for parents when choosing schools for their children. My colleagues and others have written extensively over the past seven years of the details and the benefits these reforms have had to the state’s economy, its business…

  • State economy is strong, and Republicans still deserve the credit 

    The Republicans have enjoyed majorities in both bodies of the General Assembly for nearly seven years now, and pretty soon Phil Berger and Tim Moore will be asking for two more. This is an appropriate time to assess their performance on the economy. Even under the Perdue and Cooper governorships, policy outputs were shaped greatly by House…

  • Governor asks court to declare parts of state budget unconstitutional

    The battle between the Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper intensified Tuesday. Cooper filed a new brief asking the state Supreme Court to overrule several portions of the budget passed in June over his veto, saying the budget provisions violated separation of powers. The filing in Cooper v. Berger…

  • A never-ending fight for freedom 

    The 2017 legislative long session is over. Kind of.  In the wee hours of June 30, on the eve of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly adjourned, only to schedule encore sessions in August and September.    The session started with what seemed like the unending distraction…

  • One government program that might be worth extending

    It’s often good news to learn that a government body is slated to do its work and then go away. But a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper offers one example of a temporary government group that might offer more benefits if it’s made permanent. It’s called…

  • N.C. Democrats, Cooper take the offensive

    Gov. Roy Cooper is determined to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, and he’s trying to raise as much money as possible to do it. A new initiative and a partnership with the state Democratic Party, Break the Majority, aims to…