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Since 2005, North Carolina has provided over $404 million in subsidies (tax credits and grant payments) to film production companies.
Since 2005, North Carolina has provided over $404 million in subsidies (tax credits and grant payments) to film production companies.
 
If it were a film, North Carolina’s subsidy program wouldn’t be a box office smash. A recent study from the Western Carolina University Center for the Study of Free Enterprise says the $400 million North Carolina taxpayers have invested in film subsidies has failed to pay dividends.
If it were a film, North Carolina’s subsidy program wouldn’t be a box office smash. A recent study from the Western Carolina University Center for the Study of Free Enterprise says the $400 million North Carolina taxpayers have invested in film subsidies has failed to pay dividends.
 
When are special interest subsidies not just special interest subsidies?
 
Time Magazine’s Aug. 6 special issue focuses on the American South. One of the articles is about Georgia’s film production incentives, entitled “How Georgia Became the Hollywood of the South.”
Time Magazine’s Aug. 6 special issue focuses on the American South. One of the articles is about Georgia’s film production incentives, entitled “How Georgia Became the Hollywood of the South.”
 
As China tangles with the President Trump over trade, North Carolina growers fear a collapse in demand, and say that even Trump's proposed $12 billion boost in farm subsidies won't stanch the billions they would bleed in a prolonged trade war
As China tangles with the President Trump over trade, North Carolina growers fear a collapse in demand, and say that even Trump's proposed $12 billion boost in farm subsidies won't stanch the billions they would bleed in a prolonged trade war
 
There is a puzzling term regularly being used by members of the Trump administration that, they argue, is the ultimate goal of their protectionist trade policies. The phrase is "reciprocal trade."
There is a puzzling term regularly being used by members of the Trump administration that, they argue, is the ultimate goal of their protectionist trade policies. The phrase is "reciprocal trade."
 
North Carolina Democrats have never opposed lowering taxes on big business. You may hear a lot of rhetoric to the contrary during the election cycle. Here's why, to borrow a phrase, you should take that rhetoric seriously but not literally
North Carolina Democrats have never opposed lowering taxes on big business. You may hear a lot of rhetoric to the contrary during the election cycle. Here's why, to borrow a phrase, you should take that rhetoric seriously but not literally
 
The proposed new state budget would not expand the state’s overall film grant program this year
The proposed new state budget would not expand the state’s overall film grant program this year
 
Legislative leaders will boost tax-paid subsidies available in the $23.9 billion 2018-19 budget proposal to induce multibillion-dollar corporations to locate in the state
Legislative leaders will boost tax-paid subsidies available in the $23.9 billion 2018-19 budget proposal to induce multibillion-dollar corporations to locate in the state
 
Another session of the N.C. General Assembly - this one especially short - should convene at noon Oct. 4.
Another session of the N.C. General Assembly - this one especially short - should convene at noon Oct. 4.
 
A new state grant program seeks to make fresh produce available in underserved communities, but research suggests the government's tactics won't make people healthier
A new state grant program seeks to make fresh produce available in underserved communities, but research suggests the government's tactics won't make people healthier
 
Film director Rob Reiner and other Hollywood notables have railed against North Carolina, threatened not to work in the state again, and raised the possibility of economic boycotts because of House Bill 2, the so-called bathroom bill
Film director Rob Reiner and other Hollywood notables have railed against North Carolina, threatened not to work in the state again, and raised the possibility of economic boycotts because of House Bill 2, the so-called bathroom bill
 
We are supposed to feel sorry for the poor, benighted people of Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
We are supposed to feel sorry for the poor, benighted people of Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
 
The "good" news is that, in this year's Super Bowl battle over which team fleeces its home city's taxpayers the least, Broncos or the Panthers, the winner is the Panthers by a pretty wide margin. According to this article by the Manhattan Institute's Jared Meyer (originally published in Forbes)...
The "good" news is that, in this year's Super Bowl battle over which team fleeces its home city's taxpayers the least, Broncos or the Panthers, the winner is the Panthers by a pretty wide margin. According to this article by the Manhattan Institute's Jared Meyer (originally published in Forbes)...
 
This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted to override President Obama's veto of the Obamacare repeal the House passed last month and the Senate passed in December. The bill struck at the heart of Obamacare by repealing the employer mandates, the Medicaid expansion, the medical device...
This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted to override President Obama's veto of the Obamacare repeal the House passed last month and the Senate passed in December. The bill struck at the heart of Obamacare by repealing the employer mandates, the Medicaid expansion, the medical device...
 
For decades, energy costs have been manipulated by state government subsidies. Just like other subsidies, whether for the film industry, automobile manufacturers, or even specific companies, special treatments transfer the tax burden from the recipients of the subsidies to others, creating unfair...
For decades, energy costs have been manipulated by state government subsidies. Just like other subsidies, whether for the film industry, automobile manufacturers, or even specific companies, special treatments transfer the tax burden from the recipients of the subsidies to others, creating unfair...
 
A novel justification for governments heavily subsidizing otherwise unsustainable, expensive, inefficient renewable energy is to argue that all energy sources get subsidies. The general assertion is true as far as that goes. Still, the argument is often used as a variant of...
A novel justification for governments heavily subsidizing otherwise unsustainable, expensive, inefficient renewable energy is to argue that all energy sources get subsidies. The general assertion is true as far as that goes. Still, the argument is often used as a variant of...
 
For those of us who have been fighting to eliminate solar and other renewable energy subsidies from the burden being born by North Carolina's taxpayers, the new state budget is very welcome. As of January 1, the 35 percent tax credit for renewables in general and solar in particular, by far the...
For those of us who have been fighting to eliminate solar and other renewable energy subsidies from the burden being born by North Carolina's taxpayers, the new state budget is very welcome. As of January 1, the 35 percent tax credit for renewables in general and solar in particular, by far the...
 
Governor McCrory has announced that, as part of his "all-of-the-above" energy strategy (whatever that means), North Carolina will be getting its first industrial size wind-farm, part of a partnership between Amazon and a wind power company called Iberdrola. Of course, probably the most important...
Governor McCrory has announced that, as part of his "all-of-the-above" energy strategy (whatever that means), North Carolina will be getting its first industrial size wind-farm, part of a partnership between Amazon and a wind power company called Iberdrola. Of course, probably the most important...
 
New research from the Institute for Energy Research shows more than ever before how the Obama administration's approach to energy policy is fulfilling the president's 2008 vision of "necessarily skyrocket[ing]" electricity rates.
New research from the Institute for Energy Research shows more than ever before how the Obama administration's approach to energy policy is fulfilling the president's 2008 vision of "necessarily skyrocket[ing]" electricity rates.
 
On Saturday, June 6, North Carolina's Commerce Department Secretary and staunch defender of corporate welfare, John Skvarla, appeared on WRAL's On the Record...
 
This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored H.R. 1332, the Deny Amnesty Credit Act of 2015, which would prevent the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from being given to the four million illegal aliens granted amnesty under President Obama's executive actio
This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored H.R. 1332, the Deny Amnesty Credit Act of 2015, which would prevent the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from being given to the four million illegal aliens granted amnesty under President Obama's executive actio
 
In 2012 Tea Party Republican Eddie Gallimore came within 505 votes of defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Stan Bingham for the opportunity to represent Davidson and Montgomery counties in the North Carolina Senate. But Gallimore didn't see his primary election defeat as the end of the line.
In 2012 Tea Party Republican Eddie Gallimore came within 505 votes of defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Stan Bingham for the opportunity to represent Davidson and Montgomery counties in the North Carolina Senate. But Gallimore didn't see his primary election defeat as the end of the line.
 
Why does the Left oppose school choice? It can't be because they oppose tax dollars going to private, even faith-based institutions. For decades, state and federal subsidies have flowed to private colleges and universities, including sectarian institutions. For decades, Medicare and Medicaid...
Why does the Left oppose school choice? It can't be because they oppose tax dollars going to private, even faith-based institutions. For decades, state and federal subsidies have flowed to private colleges and universities, including sectarian institutions. For decades, Medicare and Medicaid...
 
If University of Chicago economist Bruce Meyer and Notre Dame economist James Sullivan are correct, much of the recent political chatter about the 50 anniversary of the War on Poverty was little more than uninformed nonsense.
If University of Chicago economist Bruce Meyer and Notre Dame economist James Sullivan are correct, much of the recent political chatter about the 50 anniversary of the War on Poverty was little more than uninformed nonsense.
 
The ongoing debate over subsidies for traditional versus renewable energy sources offers an incomplete picture. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report urges advocates on both sides of the debate to fill in the gaps by factoring in penalties along with subsidies.
The ongoing debate over subsidies for traditional versus renewable energy sources offers an incomplete picture. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report urges advocates on both sides of the debate to fill in the gaps by factoring in penalties along with subsidies.
 
Over the last several years there have been a great many claims about energy subsidies and which sources get more, renewables or traditional sources like coal or oil.
Over the last several years there have been a great many claims about energy subsidies and which sources get more, renewables or traditional sources like coal or oil.
 
The ongoing debate over subsidies for traditional versus renewable energy sources offers an incomplete picture. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report urges advocates on both sides of the debate to fill in the gaps by factoring in penalties along with subsidies.
The ongoing debate over subsidies for traditional versus renewable energy sources offers an incomplete picture. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report urges advocates on both sides of the debate to fill in the gaps by factoring in penalties along with subsidies.
 
Internal Republican Party politics ignited by House Speaker Thom Tillis' pending departure and a philosophical battle between moderates and conservatives...
Internal Republican Party politics ignited by House Speaker Thom Tillis' pending departure and a philosophical battle between moderates and conservatives...
 
A contentious Senate committee hearing Wednesday on a bill to phase out multimillion-dollar state tax subsidies to select renewable energy
A contentious Senate committee hearing Wednesday on a bill to phase out multimillion-dollar state tax subsidies to select renewable energy
 
Tax subsidies in Obamacare could push at least half of privately insured, lower-income North Carolinians into the federal health exchange and off of private coverage, critics of the federal health reform law say.
Tax subsidies in Obamacare could push at least half of privately insured, lower-income North Carolinians into the federal health exchange and off of private coverage, critics of the federal health reform law say.
 
Green energy advocates characterize it as a jobs-killing bill, and the House leadership hasn't made it easy for the measure to move forward, but state Rep. Mike Hager said support is building for House Bill 298, his effort to end costly state tax subsidies for renewable energy.
Green energy advocates characterize it as a jobs-killing bill, and the House leadership hasn't made it easy for the measure to move forward, but state Rep. Mike Hager said support is building for House Bill 298, his effort to end costly state tax subsidies for renewable energy.
 
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