Author: Brian Balfour

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…

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan. The total state budget proposed by McCrory just for the first…

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare is a Bipartisan Problem

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare is a Bipartisan Problem

Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg (R-Camden), but to be fair the bill garnered…

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare Bonanza

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare Bonanza

Politicians love to use their power to dole out favors and privileges to politically-connected special interests. They also love to interfere with the economy, attempting to impose their preferences upon investors and consumers through a hodgepodge of taxpayer handouts and targeted tax breaks. House Bill 89 Omnibus Economic Development Improvements,…

Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Significantly lower gas prices at the pump the last several months have put more money in the pockets of NC motorists. But because of the adjustable portion of the state gas tax, lower gas prices would also mean less money to state government coffers. Apparently, some state legislators can’t accept…

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