Tag:Roy Cooper

  • Carolina economy had strong spring

    If North Carolina continues to add jobs at a rate faster than the national and regional averages, the claim that Republican policies are bad for the state’s economy will sound unpersuasive to voters.

  • Steady budgets win fiscal race

    When a recession comes, North Carolina won’t have to resort to panicky cuts or costly tax increases, thanks to a disciplined approach to spending and saving taxpayers' money.

  • Cooper budget relies on extra taxes

    Flowery language aside, the Roy Cooper administration properly books its proposed tax changes as an increase in tax collections — of $392 million over the next two fiscal years.

  • Cooper retains some McCrory policies

    Roy Cooper knows that winning one of the closest gubernatorial election in American history, by two-tenths of a percentage point, wasn’t exactly a compelling mandate for full-throated progressivism.

  • Inconsistency is common in politics

    Would you want to run for re-election in 2018 having voted against hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for teaching positions and preschool programs? Democrats felt they had no choice.

  • Lead with mind, not chin

    During Roy Cooper's first year as governor, North Carolina had grown less robustly and added jobs at a slower rate than it did when Pat McCrory was governor.

  • Drilling benefits exceed the cost

    Offshore drilling could boost North Carolina’s gross domestic product by $1.9 billion a year, its permanent employment by about 17,000 jobs, and annual government revenues by $116 million.

  • Governor should lead on pipeline

    While laying the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will employ thousands of construction workers for a time, the real payoff will come from permanent jobs and income gains derived from gas access and lower-cost electricity.

  • Does Cooper favor big tax hike?

    If Democrats had the votes in the General Assembly, would Gov. Roy Cooper propose a $3 billion tax hike in order to fund state government at an “acceptable” level?…