Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, and featured speaker at the 2013 Civitas Conservative Leadership Conference, Jason Lewis pens a guest column in his home town paper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
In the article, Lewis contrasts his state’s “tax happy” state legislature to that of North Carolina’s. A sample:
It doesn’t have to be this way. In 37 states, as in Minnesota, one party controls the legislative and executive branch. However, the majority are moving in quite a different direction than St. Paul. So with apologies to Dickens, let’s take a quick look at a “tale of two states.”
North Carolina for the first time since Reconstruction has a Republican governor with a GOP statehouse. The first priority for lawmakers in Raleigh recovering from decades of Democratic rule is reducing the government’s burden on working families (even wealthy ones) by reforming the tax code.
In fact, the only question in the Tarheel State is whether to assess a flat 5 percent rate on all income and retail sales (sound familiar?) or to eliminate the North Carolina income tax altogether by broadening the tax base.
Lewis also praises NC lawmakers for their willingness to embrace energy exploration, refuse Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and support a common-sense voter-ID bill.
Even in the great-white north of Minnesota, many eyes are on North Carolina. The Tar Heel State has an historic opportunity for real reforms and to set an example for states around the nation for meaningful conservative policies.