Tag:Roy Cooper

  • 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?…

  • Prison reform is hopeful sign

    The state was sending some offenders to prison who might best be punished by other means, which was increasing the cost to taxpayers as well as the risk that such offenders would commit subsequent crimes.

  • Cooper picks unwise political fights

    The governor is placing himself against the views of most North Carolinians and doing precisely what he accused his predecessor of doing — elevating a social issue into a major political controversy.