Bad Bill of the Week

 

HB 1136: Pro-Choicers Want Uninformed Choice

Once again, pro-choice advocates are making themselves look pro-abortion. And they are using HB 1136, The Woman’s Right to Choose Act, to do so. Sponsored by Reps. Alma Adams (D-Guilford), Verla Insko (D-Orange), Beverly M. Earle (D-Mecklenburg), and Deborah K. Ross (D-Wake), this legislation would repeal the Woman’s Right to…

 

HB 1166: A Tune The Taxpayer Will Not Sing

Raising taxes on wage earners and small businesses seems to be the tune most opponents of a free market system like to sing as of late.  A tune that the typical taxpayer doesn’t care to hear.  Members of the General Assembly have recently proposed a tax hike that would affect…

 

HB 1149: Do the Central Planners Ever Learn?

“Government should encourage mortgage lenders to make risky loans to an ‘underserved’ population; loans that wouldn’t otherwise be made without political pressure or incentives.” Does that sound like federal policies of the last decade that in large part gave rise to the housing bubble, the bursting of which prompted our…

 

HB 1139: Greenbacks for Green Business

Remember the embarrassing Solyndra debacle perpetrated by the federal government? You would think that North Carolina lawmakers would have learned a lesson about the futility of granting government privileges to inefficient “green” energy schemes. Think again. HB 1139, “Promote Renewable Jobs,”  sponsored by Reps. Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake), Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford),…

 

SB 861: Furniture Subsidy Has No Leg to Stand On

North Carolina is a fantastic state in which to live. It has oceans, mountains, and lovely locations in between. For instance, in the middle of the state we find the city of High Point. Ask anyone about High Point and their response is sure to include the topic of furniture.…

 

HB 1010: Spending Money Like it’s Free

As North Carolina continues to struggle with one of the worst unemployment rates in the country, many families are finding ways to trim their household budget. But how many of you would think that adding an expensive cable channel that nobody watches would count as tightening your budget? Representative Ray…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 691 – Raising Rates on Driving

Nobody likes going to the DMV. The lines are long, the wait is longer, and the service is generally subpar most times. It’s hard to imagine how people can tolerate waiting at the DMV without going mad. While the DMV experience is already dreadful, Senate Bill 691 seeks to also…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 527: Taxpayer Bailout of Risky Investments

SB 527, “Life Science Development Act”, has once again resurfaced from the depths of buried legislation. Similar legislation was proposed in the 2009-2010 and the 2010-2011 sessions, failing to go anywhere each time. Indeed, the 2009 version was also the recipient of a Bad Bill of the Week award. Yet…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB135 – “Eccentric Energy Efficiency Enforcement”

Energy efficiency is all the rage these days. “Green” products are hip, and saving the environment is supposedly as easy as turning your lights off at night. There is nothing wrong with individuals engaging in voluntary actions they perceive will help reduce our ecological footprint. Moreover, such actions can also…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 879: People are not ATM Machines

The ATM is a wonderful device. It allows someone short on cash to quickly and efficiently replenish their wallet, allowing them to spend more money as they see fit. Yet it is not magic; what you spend is your own, and it will come to an end sooner or later.…

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