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What's the theme for limited government, personal responsibility, opportunity and freedom across North Carolina for the 2018 election cycle
What's the theme for limited government, personal responsibility, opportunity and freedom across North Carolina for the 2018 election cycle
 
Is North Carolina staging a "Carolina Comeback" or plunging into a dark abyss? What is the state of our state? Politico Magazine recently published an article, "The States of our Union....Are Not All Strong," that attempts to answer that question.
Is North Carolina staging a "Carolina Comeback" or plunging into a dark abyss? What is the state of our state? Politico Magazine recently published an article, "The States of our Union....Are Not All Strong," that attempts to answer that question.
 
Governor Pat McCrory discussed new and ongoing initiatives to power the economy, improve education and increase state government efficiency in 2014 during a news conference Monday at the Executive Residence with his cabinet.
Governor Pat McCrory discussed new and ongoing initiatives to power the economy, improve education and increase state government efficiency in 2014 during a news conference Monday at the Executive Residence with his cabinet.
 
North Carolina businesses have struggled mightily against the 15,000+ new regulations, amendments and rules that have been implemented in our state over the past decade. Our high unemployment rate and stagnant growth are proof that you cannot regulate an economy into riches.
North Carolina businesses have struggled mightily against the 15,000+ new regulations, amendments and rules that have been implemented in our state over the past decade. Our high unemployment rate and stagnant growth are proof that you cannot regulate an economy into riches.
 
Once upon a time, in fact until 1980, the average worker could maintain a middle class income laboring in our factories, building our homes and offices, nursing us to health and working in our companies.
Once upon a time, in fact until 1980, the average worker could maintain a middle class income laboring in our factories, building our homes and offices, nursing us to health and working in our companies.
 
Our state has been suffering with high unemployment and sluggish economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis primarily because of an inadequate educational system, high taxes and poor investments by state government.
Our state has been suffering with high unemployment and sluggish economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis primarily because of an inadequate educational system, high taxes and poor investments by state government.
 
With respect to our legislators the current talk of a tax reform plan makes about as much sense as hopping in a car and striking out to California without a GPS or road map.
With respect to our legislators the current talk of a tax reform plan makes about as much sense as hopping in a car and striking out to California without a GPS or road map.
 
One election night television commentator proclaimed that North Carolina had long been a "red" or Republican state.
One election night television commentator proclaimed that North Carolina had long been a "red" or Republican state.
 
"The power to tax is the power to destroy." That is an oft-repeated paraphrase of a quote from former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 court decision. Indeed taxes do destroy: incentives, productivity, businesses, and opportunity.
"The power to tax is the power to destroy." That is an oft-repeated paraphrase of a quote from former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 court decision. Indeed taxes do destroy: incentives, productivity, businesses, and opportunity.
 
For many of the unemployed, prosperous times are a cloudy memory. More than 46 million Americans now feed their families with the aid of government food stamps. Look around you right now.
For many of the unemployed, prosperous times are a cloudy memory. More than 46 million Americans now feed their families with the aid of government food stamps. Look around you right now.
 
Dr. Jay Bailey owns Professional Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a family-owned and -operated business where Bailey has accrued 23 years of experience in both practicing optometry and running his own business.
Dr. Jay Bailey owns Professional Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a family-owned and -operated business where Bailey has accrued 23 years of experience in both practicing optometry and running his own business.
 
Imagine you get a new job with good pay and excellent benefits. In fact, the health insurance coverage is the most generous you've seen. You pay nothing for coverage while you are working, and after a set number of years, you can get free coverage in your retirement years as well.
Imagine you get a new job with good pay and excellent benefits. In fact, the health insurance coverage is the most generous you've seen. You pay nothing for coverage while you are working, and after a set number of years, you can get free coverage in your retirement years as well.
 
A majority of North Carolinians support a cap on total state spending at inflation and population growth.
A majority of North Carolinians support a cap on total state spending at inflation and population growth.
 
North Carolina's tax on retail sales needs reforming. At the present time, there exists a hodgepodge of taxes on consumption and sales that show very little consistency or forethought.
North Carolina's tax on retail sales needs reforming. At the present time, there exists a hodgepodge of taxes on consumption and sales that show very little consistency or forethought.
 
When the history of America, North Carolina and Beaufort County in the early 21st century is written one of the major issue that will be recalled will be government intervention in private enterprise.
When the history of America, North Carolina and Beaufort County in the early 21st century is written one of the major issue that will be recalled will be government intervention in private enterprise.
 
The experts say the recession ended in 2009; the people in North Carolina say it's still going on. Moreover, by a large margin they expect it to drag on for two years or more.
The experts say the recession ended in 2009; the people in North Carolina say it's still going on. Moreover, by a large margin they expect it to drag on for two years or more.
 
The growth of teenage unemployment has ominous implications for the future -- but there is a solution, if we are willing to face economic reality.
The growth of teenage unemployment has ominous implications for the future -- but there is a solution, if we are willing to face economic reality.
 
I see that some politicians and government officials are continuing to cite magazine rankings that paint North Carolina's business climate in a favorable light. [Sigh]
I see that some politicians and government officials are continuing to cite magazine rankings that paint North Carolina's business climate in a favorable light. [Sigh]
 
If you check out Forbes Magazine's List of the Best Places for Business and Careers, you will find a slideshow of silver skyscrapers hailing the prosperity of Raleigh and other North Carolina metro areas - but failing to show economic reality elsewhere in the Tar Heel State.
If you check out Forbes Magazine's List of the Best Places for Business and Careers, you will find a slideshow of silver skyscrapers hailing the prosperity of Raleigh and other North Carolina metro areas - but failing to show economic reality elsewhere in the Tar Heel State.
 
My friends on the Left keep saying things aren't so bad. We just need to spend more money to keep doing the same things, and everything will be fine.
My friends on the Left keep saying things aren't so bad. We just need to spend more money to keep doing the same things, and everything will be fine.
 
It's easy to understand why Jane would be so excited about the new economic development project in her town.
It's easy to understand why Jane would be so excited about the new economic development project in her town.
 
The headline at ABC News.com reads "President Obama, Bill Clinton Stump on Growth vs. Austerity Agenda." While referring to the economic debate going on in Europe, Britain's New Statesman displays the headline "The Austerity vs. Growth Argument is Hotting [sic] Up."
The headline at ABC News.com reads "President Obama, Bill Clinton Stump on Growth vs. Austerity Agenda." While referring to the economic debate going on in Europe, Britain's New Statesman displays the headline "The Austerity vs. Growth Argument is Hotting [sic] Up."
 
In my new book Our Best Foot Forward, I analyze the economic challenges facing North Carolina and offer a 10-point plan to promote economic growth across the state.
In my new book Our Best Foot Forward, I analyze the economic challenges facing North Carolina and offer a 10-point plan to promote economic growth across the state.
 
If North Carolina were a separate country, its economy would be one of the weakest in the developed world based on average employment rates, and its tax climate for economic growth would be nothing short of "horrendous."
If North Carolina were a separate country, its economy would be one of the weakest in the developed world based on average employment rates, and its tax climate for economic growth would be nothing short of "horrendous."
 
Is your family budget being pinched by the rising cost of living? Gas, food and utilities taking a bigger bite out of your wallet?
Is your family budget being pinched by the rising cost of living? Gas, food and utilities taking a bigger bite out of your wallet?
 
Consider these two facts. First, most net job creation in any modern economy comes from new companies, typically small firms that grow quickly.
Consider these two facts. First, most net job creation in any modern economy comes from new companies, typically small firms that grow quickly.
 
If North Carolina were a separate country, we would not fare well in key international comparisons of economic competitiveness.
If North Carolina were a separate country, we would not fare well in key international comparisons of economic competitiveness.
 
I'm focusing most of my attention this week on completing the final two chapters of my forthcoming book on North Carolina's economic prospects.
I'm focusing most of my attention this week on completing the final two chapters of my forthcoming book on North Carolina's economic prospects.
 
Some state legislators point to a case in Scotland County that cost a businessman thousands of dollars and affected his firm's unemployment credit rating as a prime example of why the penalty for unemployment fraud should be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Some state legislators point to a case in Scotland County that cost a businessman thousands of dollars and affected his firm's unemployment credit rating as a prime example of why the penalty for unemployment fraud should be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony.
 
The next time you hear a North Carolina politician talk about the "need" to use tax dollars or public debt to build a new ballpark, convention center, rail line, or similar luxury, ask them this simple question: how much more do you think we can afford?
The next time you hear a North Carolina politician talk about the "need" to use tax dollars or public debt to build a new ballpark, convention center, rail line, or similar luxury, ask them this simple question: how much more do you think we can afford?
 
If current trends continue, the official unemployment rate may have fallen into the single-digits, but few North Carolinians will feel ebullient about the economy.
If current trends continue, the official unemployment rate may have fallen into the single-digits, but few North Carolinians will feel ebullient about the economy.
 
Employment is certainly an indicator of an economy's performance over time, as long as you are looking at overall rates of employment, unemployment, or underemployment.
Employment is certainly an indicator of an economy's performance over time, as long as you are looking at overall rates of employment, unemployment, or underemployment.
 
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