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North Carolina is among the top five states in the nation on metrics such as tax rates, size of state government, and income transfer programs, according to a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council.
North Carolina is among the top five states in the nation on metrics such as tax rates, size of state government, and income transfer programs, according to a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council.
 
Republican senators are making one last push to ease anti-competitive health-care laws before the legislative session ends.
Republican senators are making one last push to ease anti-competitive health-care laws before the legislative session ends.
 
More money flows to arenas and building upgrades. The hunt for recruits gets more competitive. University presidents brag about how their new program will make the school nationally known.
More money flows to arenas and building upgrades. The hunt for recruits gets more competitive. University presidents brag about how their new program will make the school nationally known.
 
In choosing a career, my grandkids need to know their natural skills and their academic skills...anything to get a competitive edge.
In choosing a career, my grandkids need to know their natural skills and their academic skills...anything to get a competitive edge.
 
Itís no secret that Americans pay more for health care than any other industrialized country in the world
Itís no secret that Americans pay more for health care than any other industrialized country in the world
 
Earlier in the week, outside of the Legislative Building, a joint announcement revealing farmland preservation funding around North Carolina's military bases was illuminated
Earlier in the week, outside of the Legislative Building, a joint announcement revealing farmland preservation funding around North Carolina's military bases was illuminated
 
NC Public Schools Are Not Internationally Competitive
 
Tuesday's edition of the Raleigh News & Observer included a fact-free editorial by a staffer of the George Soros-funded Budget & Tax Center - a project of the NC Justice Center.
Tuesday's edition of the Raleigh News & Observer included a fact-free editorial by a staffer of the George Soros-funded Budget & Tax Center - a project of the NC Justice Center.
 
North Carolina was lauded for "impressive reforms" curtailing its regulatory burdens on businesses and individuals, and national policy analysts discussed methods of further reducing costly restrictions during a June 22 teleconference call
North Carolina was lauded for "impressive reforms" curtailing its regulatory burdens on businesses and individuals, and national policy analysts discussed methods of further reducing costly restrictions during a June 22 teleconference call
 
John Locke Foundation's Terry Stoops Assesses Gov. McCrory's 2016-17 Teacher Pay Plan...
 
Growing up in Fuquay-Varina in the 1960s, Sheilah Cotten's only chance to participate in competitive sports before she entered high school was retrieving foul balls during boys' baseball games.
Growing up in Fuquay-Varina in the 1960s, Sheilah Cotten's only chance to participate in competitive sports before she entered high school was retrieving foul balls during boys' baseball games.
 
The debate over North Carolina's renewable energy policies continues this week, even as the North Carolina Senate takes up other issues. The News & Observer hosted opposing op-eds, one from former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, and the other from yours truly.
The debate over North Carolina's renewable energy policies continues this week, even as the North Carolina Senate takes up other issues. The News & Observer hosted opposing op-eds, one from former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, and the other from yours truly.
 
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina jumped to first place among all states in Site Selection magazine's 2014 'Top Competitive States' Award.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina jumped to first place among all states in Site Selection magazine's 2014 'Top Competitive States' Award.
 
Last week the Federal Communications Commission moved to set aside North Carolina law in favor of the City of Wilson's Greenlight broadband service. My Spotlight this week explains why this was a bad decision.
Last week the Federal Communications Commission moved to set aside North Carolina law in favor of the City of Wilson's Greenlight broadband service. My Spotlight this week explains why this was a bad decision.
 
North Carolina is one of the more aggressive states in the nation in licensing occupations. This is a significant impediment to freedom in a state that once boasted, and ought to be able to again, of being "First in Freedom."
North Carolina is one of the more aggressive states in the nation in licensing occupations. This is a significant impediment to freedom in a state that once boasted, and ought to be able to again, of being "First in Freedom."
 
The Supreme Court has taken up a North Carolina case that could have far-reaching impacts on state licensure. Given that occupational licensing is a modern-day guild system making it harder for people to find work - or find workers - that would be an effect greatly to be wished.
The Supreme Court has taken up a North Carolina case that could have far-reaching impacts on state licensure. Given that occupational licensing is a modern-day guild system making it harder for people to find work - or find workers - that would be an effect greatly to be wished.
 
The Supreme Court has taken up a North Carolina case that could have far-reaching impacts on state licensure. Given that occupational licensing is a modern-day guild system making it harder for people to find work Ė or find workers Ė that would be an effect greatly to be wished.
The Supreme Court has taken up a North Carolina case that could have far-reaching impacts on state licensure. Given that occupational licensing is a modern-day guild system making it harder for people to find work Ė or find workers Ė that would be an effect greatly to be wished.
 
Last year's state tax reform lowered income tax rates for all working North Carolinians.
 
Some businesses would rather avoid competition and prefer instead to rely on government help in the form of special incentives, regulations, or other anti-competitive policies. Fred Smith has spent his career fighting that approach to business. Smith is founder and chairman of the...
Some businesses would rather avoid competition and prefer instead to rely on government help in the form of special incentives, regulations, or other anti-competitive policies. Fred Smith has spent his career fighting that approach to business. Smith is founder and chairman of the...
 
The races for only 7 percent of state legislative seats - and no congressional districts - are likely to be competitive this year, say two organizations tracking North Carolina voting trends.
The races for only 7 percent of state legislative seats - and no congressional districts - are likely to be competitive this year, say two organizations tracking North Carolina voting trends.
 
When I saw my acceptance letter from UCLA in 2004, I was overjoyed to find out that I was one of the chosen to attend an elite university, currently ranked 23rd among national universities by U.S. News. My hard work and dedication toward creating the perfect college application during my four...
When I saw my acceptance letter from UCLA in 2004, I was overjoyed to find out that I was one of the chosen to attend an elite university, currently ranked 23rd among national universities by U.S. News. My hard work and dedication toward creating the perfect college application during my four...
 
In Raleigh, the conservatives are confidently progressive and the progressives are desperately conservative. The modern-day conservatives who inhabit the General Assembly, the executive branch...
In Raleigh, the conservatives are confidently progressive and the progressives are desperately conservative. The modern-day conservatives who inhabit the General Assembly, the executive branch...
 
The Competitive Enterprise Institute - an excellent organization based in DC that fights the good fight for the free market - is suing on behalf of some small businesses and individuals to challenge the federal government's authority to collect taxes from the states to finance ObamaCare.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute - an excellent organization based in DC that fights the good fight for the free market - is suing on behalf of some small businesses and individuals to challenge the federal government's authority to collect taxes from the states to finance ObamaCare.
 
One of the state's largest business organizations is keeping a close eye on two federal lawsuits challenging the authority of the IRS to collect Obamacare taxes in states, including North Carolina, that did not set up state-run health insurance exchanges.
One of the state's largest business organizations is keeping a close eye on two federal lawsuits challenging the authority of the IRS to collect Obamacare taxes in states, including North Carolina, that did not set up state-run health insurance exchanges.
 
"People generally quarrel," G.K. Chesterton once wryly observed, "because they cannot argue."
"People generally quarrel," G.K. Chesterton once wryly observed, "because they cannot argue."
 
Fiscal conservatism comes naturally to me. After all, my middle name is McDonald.
 
There are many unknowns regarding the proposal Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week to use competitive contracting to reform North Carolina's Medicaid program.
There are many unknowns regarding the proposal Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week to use competitive contracting to reform North Carolina's Medicaid program.
 
Traditionally, the American education system, from kindergarten through college, produced innovation, intellectual flexibility, analytical and lateral thinking. In contrast, our international competitors stressed rote learning and conformity. Thus, Americans have had a competitive edge.
Traditionally, the American education system, from kindergarten through college, produced innovation, intellectual flexibility, analytical and lateral thinking. In contrast, our international competitors stressed rote learning and conformity. Thus, Americans have had a competitive edge.
 
Two of the top issues facing new North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly in 2013 are tax reform and education reform. For the performance of North Carolina's economy to improve significantly in the short run, we need a more competitive tax system.
Two of the top issues facing new North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly in 2013 are tax reform and education reform. For the performance of North Carolina's economy to improve significantly in the short run, we need a more competitive tax system.
 
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is once again overstepping its bounds. Recent news reports suggest that the FTC will soon file a formal antitrust case against Google.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is once again overstepping its bounds. Recent news reports suggest that the FTC will soon file a formal antitrust case against Google.
 
Privatization is an umbrella term to describe techniques that increase competition in the public sector. Private sector entrepreneurs must constantly look for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency to maintain a competitive advantage.
Privatization is an umbrella term to describe techniques that increase competition in the public sector. Private sector entrepreneurs must constantly look for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency to maintain a competitive advantage.
 
Legislative Democrats did not give the GOP high marks, citing a host of differences in philosophy and approach and that the new laws would result in ineffective or even harmful policies.
Legislative Democrats did not give the GOP high marks, citing a host of differences in philosophy and approach and that the new laws would result in ineffective or even harmful policies.
 
These two videos, sent to me by contributor George Schryer, express what I've noticed for some time, the seeds of which were sown almost three decades ago.
These two videos, sent to me by contributor George Schryer, express what I've noticed for some time, the seeds of which were sown almost three decades ago.
 
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