Tag:N.C. General Assembly

  • Lawmakers’ work is ongoing, and there’s nothing secret about it 

    The state legislature adjourned the 2017 long session June 29. They were done, right? Expected back all afresh and new in spring of 2018 after a long break of doing nothing? Not exactly.   They’ve held special sessions in August, October, and January, when they passed a technical corrections bill, confirmed appointments…

  • Protecting our investments in North Carolina 

    Protecting our investments means taking care of what we own.  As state taxpayers, we own a lot of stuff — office, school and university buildings, state agencies and department offices, courthouses, prisons, libraries, books … and lots of land. North Carolina owns 42 parks, a symphony orchestra, a zoo, and seven history and two art museums.   …

  • School choice advocates file brief to dismiss Cooper lawsuit

    Enough is enough, say school voucher advocates who want a three-judge Superior Court panel to dismiss Gov. Roy Cooper’s lawsuit against North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program. Opportunity Scholarships are state-funded vouchers that allow middle and low-income families to opt-out of public education and send their children…

  • A fight that’s not worth having

    If you can’t beat ‘em, sue ‘em. It has been the default setting of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his liberal allies even before the governor took office 14 months ago.  Any time the Republican-led General Assembly moved to assert its authority, the Left has given a simple response:…

  • UNC Board of Governors approves free speech policy

    The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a free speech policy that allows for termination of professors and expulsion of students. The policy, approved Dec. 15, outlines the kind of speech that isn’t protected, which includes unlawful harassment, true and credible threats, or…

  • 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…