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News reports now confirm what many suspected: legislation approved and signed by Gov. Cooper last week entitled “Championship NC Act” (HB 807) will dole out millions of taxpayer dollars to the United States Golf Association (USGA) to build a second headquarters in Pinehurst.
News reports now confirm what many suspected: legislation approved and signed by Gov. Cooper last week entitled “Championship NC Act” (HB 807) will dole out millions of taxpayer dollars to the United States Golf Association (USGA) to build a second headquarters in Pinehurst.
 
Denmark's center-left government has significantly tightened its policy on refugees
 
President Donald J. Trump is taking monumental action to strengthen America’s foster care and adoption system, promoting better outcomes for children and families.
President Donald J. Trump is taking monumental action to strengthen America’s foster care and adoption system, promoting better outcomes for children and families.
 
How should the State of North Carolina go about corporate taxation and corporate welfare? There are four possible policy combinations.
How should the State of North Carolina go about corporate taxation and corporate welfare? There are four possible policy combinations.
 
What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues — ranging from welfare spending and school choice to abortion and alcohol policy — originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question in the same way.
What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues — ranging from welfare spending and school choice to abortion and alcohol policy — originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question in the same way.
 
Anything done a first time becomes easier to do a second time, for better and for worse.
Anything done a first time becomes easier to do a second time, for better and for worse.
 
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Friday, May 3 in Winterville to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Friday, May 3 in Winterville to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.
 
The child welfare component of the state’s NC FAST computer system is a $92 million money pit
The child welfare component of the state’s NC FAST computer system is a $92 million money pit
 
As another year draws to a close, a year of Democratic resurgence in both national and local politics, I offer this challenge to incumbent and newly elected lawmakers alike
As another year draws to a close, a year of Democratic resurgence in both national and local politics, I offer this challenge to incumbent and newly elected lawmakers alike
 
Government programs such as welfare and other social means-tested programs characterize very well the government's general policy towards poverty: Make individuals "comfortable" in their poverty rather than incentivize them to become self-sufficient.
Government programs such as welfare and other social means-tested programs characterize very well the government's general policy towards poverty: Make individuals "comfortable" in their poverty rather than incentivize them to become self-sufficient.
 
The Center for the Support of Families today released two preliminary reform plans, one for child welfare and one for social services. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will use the preliminary recommendations as a roadmap to identify ways to improve support to and oversight
The Center for the Support of Families today released two preliminary reform plans, one for child welfare and one for social services. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will use the preliminary recommendations as a roadmap to identify ways to improve support to and oversight
 
Illegal immigrants are opting out of government welfare programs out of fear of Trump Administration crackdowns coming done the pike, reported POLITICO on Monday
Illegal immigrants are opting out of government welfare programs out of fear of Trump Administration crackdowns coming done the pike, reported POLITICO on Monday
 
Today, the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a report outlining the likely effects of expanding work requirements for non-disabled working-age adults in social welfare programs.
Today, the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a report outlining the likely effects of expanding work requirements for non-disabled working-age adults in social welfare programs.
 
Should those receiving public benefits be required to do anything in return? It's not a new question, but one that is resurfacing today
Should those receiving public benefits be required to do anything in return? It's not a new question, but one that is resurfacing today
 
North Carolina lawmakers and the business community have been watching Amazon's search for a second headquarters with bated breath
North Carolina lawmakers and the business community have been watching Amazon's search for a second headquarters with bated breath
 
North Carolina, among many other states, are in a tizzy trying to land the reported “second headquarters” of Amazon
North Carolina, among many other states, are in a tizzy trying to land the reported “second headquarters” of Amazon
 
We want to be wanted and we need to be needed. Call it the human condition or the need for dignity
We want to be wanted and we need to be needed. Call it the human condition or the need for dignity
 
Child welfare service offices in five North Carolina counties started using technology this week in a pilot project that will contribute to improving the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families
Child welfare service offices in five North Carolina counties started using technology this week in a pilot project that will contribute to improving the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families
 
The news from England is a horrifying reminder of how government's "help" can be harmful and even fatal
The news from England is a horrifying reminder of how government's "help" can be harmful and even fatal
 
South Korea uses Prison Guard Robots. How soon will rioters meet Robot Riot Police?
South Korea uses Prison Guard Robots. How soon will rioters meet Robot Riot Police?
 
Today, President Obama signed S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act into law...
Today, President Obama signed S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act into law...
 
Civitas Action has released its annual Conservative Effectiveness Rankings of North Carolina state lawmakers for 2016.
Civitas Action has released its annual Conservative Effectiveness Rankings of North Carolina state lawmakers for 2016.
 
Like a recovering addict on the verge of a major binge, some North Carolina lawmakers are on the brink of falling back into the black hole of tax credits
Like a recovering addict on the verge of a major binge, some North Carolina lawmakers are on the brink of falling back into the black hole of tax credits
 
Mind Hunter answered HOW? The control group of serial killers created advanced Profiling techniques.
 
Well, as my old dad used to say "I think you might have finally stepped in the s#*t."; Maybe the Donald has finally done the same.
Well, as my old dad used to say "I think you might have finally stepped in the s#*t."; Maybe the Donald has finally done the same.
 
Living off entitlements and scams is unfortunately what defines the modern day American Democrat.
Living off entitlements and scams is unfortunately what defines the modern day American Democrat.
 
It is now being acknowledged by even its staunchest supporters that the solar industry in North Carolina is completely a creature of government mandates and subsidies and could never stand on its own without wealth transfers from taxpayers and rate payers. In other words, it is completely welfare...
It is now being acknowledged by even its staunchest supporters that the solar industry in North Carolina is completely a creature of government mandates and subsidies and could never stand on its own without wealth transfers from taxpayers and rate payers. In other words, it is completely welfare...
 
Reversing eight years of state policy, the McCrory administration is restoring requirements that able-bodied adults without dependent children must work to continue receiving food stamps in North Carolina.
Reversing eight years of state policy, the McCrory administration is restoring requirements that able-bodied adults without dependent children must work to continue receiving food stamps in North Carolina.
 
According to recent reports, the federal government administers 126 separate programs directed at low-income households. Many of these programs are administered in partnership with state governments, while state and local governments provide still more separate programs. Spending on these...
According to recent reports, the federal government administers 126 separate programs directed at low-income households. Many of these programs are administered in partnership with state governments, while state and local governments provide still more separate programs. Spending on these...
 
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...
 
In the video clip below, being touted by the McCrory for Governor campaign, Governor Pat McCrory tells business leaders at the NC Chamber of Commerce that the way to keep North Carolina "moving forward" economically is to pass the North Carolina Competes legislation - basically an expansion of...
In the video clip below, being touted by the McCrory for Governor campaign, Governor Pat McCrory tells business leaders at the NC Chamber of Commerce that the way to keep North Carolina "moving forward" economically is to pass the North Carolina Competes legislation - basically an expansion of...
 
As I write this, what is turning out to possibly be the most powerful crony special interest in North Carolina is fighting to keep part of its welfare money flowing. A regulatory reform bill that reduces the amount of super expensive solar energy that North Carolina electricity users are...
As I write this, what is turning out to possibly be the most powerful crony special interest in North Carolina is fighting to keep part of its welfare money flowing. A regulatory reform bill that reduces the amount of super expensive solar energy that North Carolina electricity users are...
 
At their convention this weekend, Second Congressional District Republicans passed a resolution condemning the use of taxpayer money to, um, "persuade" businesses to come to North Carolina or to expand within the Tar Heel State.
At their convention this weekend, Second Congressional District Republicans passed a resolution condemning the use of taxpayer money to, um, "persuade" businesses to come to North Carolina or to expand within the Tar Heel State.
 
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.
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.
 
Three state senators have introduced a bill removing the state's religious exemption for immunizing minor children.
Three state senators have introduced a bill removing the state's religious exemption for immunizing minor children.
 
Last week I reported that, based on this quote, the actions of the Governor and many state legislators in pushing new corporate welfare schemes were at odds with the Republican Party Platform. I was wrong. Shortly after my newsletter went out, I received an email telling me that, in the latest...

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Last week I reported that, based on this quote, the actions of the Governor and many state legislators in pushing new corporate welfare schemes were at odds with the Republican Party Platform. I was wrong. Shortly after my newsletter went out, I received an email telling me that, in the latest...
 
State lawmakers have started reviewing Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium. It sets out McCrory's General Fund spending plan for $22 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. The General Fund makes up a significant chunk of the overall state budget of more than...
State lawmakers have started reviewing Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium. It sets out McCrory's General Fund spending plan for $22 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. The General Fund makes up a significant chunk of the overall state budget of more than...
 
Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan.
Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan.
 
Last week Gov. Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium, his spending plan for $22 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. While there are some positive spending decisions in this budget, there are also some discouraging choices in certain areas of government...
Last week Gov. Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium, his spending plan for $22 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. While there are some positive spending decisions in this budget, there are also some discouraging choices in certain areas of government...
 
Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg...
Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg...
 
Before all of you education industry zealots consider that I don't care about "The Children" getting more free education, or something as equally ridiculous, just hear me out on this one: Free Community College for everyone is an incredibly bad idea.
Before all of you education industry zealots consider that I don't care about "The Children" getting more free education, or something as equally ridiculous, just hear me out on this one: Free Community College for everyone is an incredibly bad idea.
 
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