Author: Brian Balfour

Bad Bill of the Week: More Government Meddling in the Workplace

Bad Bill of the Week: More Government Meddling in the Workplace

In a free society, employers and employees voluntarily agree to the terms of their relationship. Unfortunately, House Bill 816, Labor/Provide Relief for Caregivers, would further inject government into the employer/employee agreement.

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers.

Bill Could Be Win-Win for NC

Bill Could Be Win-Win for NC

Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs. House Bill 681, the NC Energy Ratepayers Protection Act, does just that.

Bad Bill of the Week: Statewide Forced Busing

Bad Bill of the Week: Statewide Forced Busing

Five years ago, in response to a groundswell of parental complaints, Wake County schools finally ended its long-running policy of forced busing. Wake had long been one of a few remaining holdouts still clinging to this failed experiment that disrupted so many lives. But Rep. Suzi Hamilton (D-New Hanover), would…

Bad Bill of the Week: More Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Cronies

Bad Bill of the Week: More Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Cronies

The glitz and glamour of movie and television production in North Carolina apparently is just too tempting for several North Carolina legislators to pass up. Unfortunately, they are willing to use your tax dollars to bribe more Hollywood big shots to come to the Tar Heel State. For years, NC…

Bad Bill of the Week: Paging George Orwell, Medicaid Expansion Edition

Bad Bill of the Week: Paging George Orwell, Medicaid Expansion Edition

 This week’s Bad Bill has a title only George Orwell would love. Senate Bill 354, sponsored by Angela Bryant (D-Nash) and Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) is titled “North Carolina Healthcare Jobs Initiative.” Don’t be fooled. This bill isn’t about creating jobs in the healthcare industry, it’s another bill proposing to expand…

Bad Bill of the Week: More Nanny State Nonsense

Bad Bill of the Week: More Nanny State Nonsense

There’s an old saying that says “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” The phrase is used to emphasize the fact that simply making something easy to do does not guarantee anybody will do it. In a similar vein, if you make healthy vegetables…

Senate Introduces Competing “Economic Development” Bill

Senate Introduces Competing “Economic Development” Bill

Earlier this month, the NC House introduced the “NC Competes Act,” a bill that would expand the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), and extend targeted tax breaks for datacenters and a major passenger airline. Yesterday, the Senate introduced two bills designed as an alternative. Based on the details…

Bad Bill of the Week: Pork is on the Menu

Bad Bill of the Week: Pork is on the Menu

Wikipedia defines “pork barrel” spending as “the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative’s district.” Senate Bill 245, Exploration Station/Grassroots Science Funds, is sponsored by Sen. Jane W. Smith (D-Robeson) and fits perfectly into that definition. The bill would appropriate…

Bad Bill of the Week: Minimum Wage = Compulsory Unemployment

Bad Bill of the Week: Minimum Wage = Compulsory Unemployment

The laws of supply and demand can’t be suspended. Someone should tell that to the sponsors of Senate Bill 39, State Minimum Wage/Inflation Increases. Sponsored by Sens. Don Davis (D-Greene), Paul Lowe, Jr. (D-Forsyth) and Angela Bryant (D-Nash), this bill would raise the state’s minimum wage annually according to the…

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