Tag:North Carolina

  • Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas

    What follows is the first of an occasional column — taken from news sources throughout North Carolina — highlighting how government spends our money and makes other questionable moves about which state residents may not be aware. Reidsville in Rockingham County, like much of that region, has lost much…

  • Pro-growth policies fueling North Carolina’s economic rise 

    What’s the theme for limited government, personal responsibility, opportunity and freedom across North Carolina for the 2018 election cycle?  Keep on keepin’ on. Reforms since 2011 have transformed our state into an economic powerhouse, creating jobs and opportunities like never before.   Tax cuts begun in 2011 have put $5 billion back into the…

  • 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…

  • N.C. Senate leader serves up delicious distraction

    Props to N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger for guiding the conversation in our state back toward things that matter. Things about which we can happily disagree. Courts, pipelines, solar farms, elections? Nah. Let’s talk barbecue, he says. Better yet, let’s talk barbecue while…

  • 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.   …

  • N.C. prison system setting people up to fail

    Imagine a man serving a 20-year prison sentence. He’s told when to eat and what to wear, and he lacks the option of opening a door. He has little to no independence or free will. This man, like so many prisoners in North Carolina, spends a long time in solitary…