Bad Bill of the Week

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing Fees on Barbers

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing Fees on Barbers

States should be seeking legislation to peel back burdensome and often unnecessary occupational licensing laws. Unfortunately, HB 191/SB 623 doubles down on this harmful practice and makes the burden even heavier.

Bad Bill of the Week: A Second Helping of Pork

Bad Bill of the Week: A Second Helping of Pork

Two months ago, we featured as a Bad Bill of the Week HB 245, which was a bill that would funnel state taxpayer funds to a local children’s museum in the bill sponsor’s district. Similarly, House Bill 416 Sampson County History Museum Funds, would direct state tax dollars to a…

Bad Bill of the Week: Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

Bad Bill of the Week: Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

Would it be okay if citizens were forced to vote for a candidate against their will? Of course not. So why do certain NC legislators think it okay to force citizens to financially support candidates against their will? This week's Bad Bill of the Week would impose this unjust mandate.

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.

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. Susi 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: Restoring Early Voting Days

Bad Bill of the Week: Restoring Early Voting Days

They say “timing is everything”, but it’s hard to understand the timing behind this week’s “Bad Bill of the Week”; House Bill 239, Restore Early Voting Days. HB 239’s primary sponsors Larry Hall (D-Durham), Marvin Lucas (D-Cumberland), Garland Pierce (D-Hoke) and Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) are joined by 32 other sponsors –…

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…

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…

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