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Author: Jason Sutton


Bowles Brings UNC System to Forefront of Budget Discussion; Legislature Must Face Reality

To demonstrate the enormity of the impending budget shortfall, consider this: if the University of North Carolina System was not appropriated a single dollar next year, the state would still face a $500 million budget gap. Currently, the Fiscal Research Division at the General Assembly estimates that the budget deficit…


Constitutional Amendment Referendum in November

When North Carolinians cast their votes this election season, they will be asked whether to amend the state constitution such that it would prohibit any convicted felon from serving as sheriff. The constitutional amendment serves as the General Assembly’s response to six instances of felons running in this year’s primaries…


Government is Broken in Raleigh

The recent track record of North Carolina’s government indicates that a change of course may be necessary to ensure public trust. Over the last few years, North Carolina government has shown that an erosion of public support is legitimate. Government leadership from the Governor’s Mansion to the General Assembly and…


SB897: Passing the Buck in the Budget

Sen. Charlie Dannelly (D-Mecklenburg) has the dubious distinction of being the primary sponsor of the budget bill for fiscal year 2010-11. Read the bill, SB897, and the money report. For the first time since 2003, the annual budget was passed prior to the start of the fiscal year.


SB 1216: The “Sock It to the Mortgage Lenders Act”

No one should be surprised that our backwards thinking General Assembly has raised fees on mortgage lenders as the housing market struggles to regain traction after the housing bubble burst. In addition to raising fees on mortgage lenders and brokers, SB1216, which amends the Emergency Program to Reduce Home Foreclosures…


Money Misplaced Again

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) was granted, during the 2010 legislative session, the authority to use $17 million in capital funds to purchase land and construct a railroad underpass leading to nowhere. The system-wide University of North Carolina budget in total for 2010-11 will be $170 million…


HB972: State Intends to Encroach on Private Enterprise

The Commission established in the bill serves as the potential vehicle through which the state might purchase four hydroelectric dams owned by Alcoa in the Uwharrie Region. These dams produce power that Alcoa, a private company, sells for consumption. Governor Perdue desires that the state acquires the dams from Alcoa…


Certain Lawmakers Believe the Latest Skinny on Milk – It’s Fattening

Never before has the term “Nanny State” been more applicable than it is today. The bill, HB1726 entitled “Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards,” is an intrusion on liberty that seeks to control food consumption at child care facilities. For example, the bill would prohibit serving sugar-sweetened beverages to children of…


General Assembly Moves to Save the World

HB1807 is a resolution entitled “Support Federal Climate Change Legislation.” The resolution is full of claims perpetuated by the same false science that fuels the insanity of global warming alarmists everywhere.


Liberty vs. Security: A Debate on Collecting DNA Sample on Arrest

The General Assembly is currently considering HB1403, "Collecting DNA Sample on Arrest," sponsored by Reps. Wil Neumann (R-Gaston), Pearl Burris-Floyd (R-Gaston), Darrell McCormick (R-Yadkin) and Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg). The bill would establish a database of DNA samples - the unique, identifying genetic make-up of an individual - collected at the…

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