Bad Bill of the Week

 

HB 100: Unhealthy Government Intrusion, Take 2

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is a repeat offender. House Bill 100 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days, sponsored by Reps. Alma Adams (D-Guilford) and Larry Hall (D-Durham), would criminalize voluntary work agreements between workers and employers. This bill is a replay of a bill dubbed a BBOTW…

 

Measure a Lock for ‘Bad Bill of the Week’

Occupational licensing has been a frequent target for our Bad Bill of the Week series, so it’s not surprising that we didn’t have to wait long into the 2013 General Assembly Session for a burdensome licensing bill to be filed in the General Assembly. The bill: S.B. 18 to “Amend…

 

HB 1015: A Flood of Tax Code in a Sinking Economy

The federal and state tax codes in this country are confusing at best and unintelligible at worst. In fact, there is a whole group of people who dedicate their entire adult lives to breaking these codes and using their knowledge to help others. We call these enlightened beings “accountants”, and…

 

SB 447: Making it Harder to Start Your Own Landscaping Business

The specter of occupational licensing is once again growing in North Carolina, threatening to make it harder for people to find work. In this case the culprit is SB 447, a bill that would dramatically increase the licensing and regulation of landscape contractors in North Carolina. The bill was passed…

 

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.…

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