Carolina Journal Weekly Report

June 08, 2012

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RALEIGH — 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.”

John Locke Foundation President John Hood reaches those conclusions in his new book, Our Best Foot Forward. Hood officially unveils his book during a noon speech Monday, June 11, at the JLF office in Raleigh.

“In a 21st-century economy based on worldwide markets, North Carolina isn’t just competing with other states,” Hood said. “We are competing with other nations. Our political leaders have long recognized this fact. They have talked about making North Carolina a hot spot for investors, executives, and entrepreneurs from other lands. Our current economy falls short of that mark.”

Over the course of nearly 200 pages, Hood documents North Carolina’s current economic woes, then spells out an investment plan to help the state change course. That plan features a 10-point “Carolina Manifesto for Growth.”

“In this book, you will not read a thoroughgoing indictment of all government,” Hood explains. “Government performs indispensable tasks that make economic success possible. But many government programs don’t function as intended. Our Best Foot Forward presents a plan for promoting effective investment in the state’s economy and thus making the state more competitive.”

News Features

CJ: Dental regulation bill drawing national attention
RALEIGH – Arthur Smith of Durham hopes Senate Bill 655, a measure placing tighter restrictions on dental service organizations, doesn’t become law. Smith on Tuesday told his wife’s story of successful treatment she received at DentalWorks across from Durham’s Southpoint Mall. If the bill, he fears that dental prices will increase.

CJ: Perdue: ‘Tax The Heck’ out of sweepstakes parlors
RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue wants to “tax the heck” out of sweepstakes business across North Carolina as a means of providing more funding for education. “I will never turn my back on the kids of North Carolina,” Perdue, a Democrat, said during a hastily called press conference on the south side of the state Capitol Thursday morning.

CJ: Federal rules pompt change to UNC-CH sexual assault policy
RALEIGH — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an unusual student disciplinary system. Although other schools sometimes involve students in disciplinary proceedings, UNC’s “Honor Court” is entirely student-run and student-led. Students even prosecute students for sexual assault — but that soon may change following the issuance of new federal regulations.

CJ: Transit tax will go before Orange County voters
HILLSBOROUGH – Orange County voters will decide the fate of a nearly $1.4 billion light rail project for Durham and Orange counties in the Nov. 6 general election. In a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved placing a half-cent sales tax referendum on the ballot to pay for the 17.3-mile rail line project.

CJ: Trial of Perdue associates Stubbs, Sitton on hold
RALEIGH — The campaign finance trials of two associates of and fundraisers for Gov. Bev Perdue have been placed on hold until a state appeals court can rule on motions filed by both defendants.

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest John Hood
Our Best Foot Forward

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
A Lunchtime Discussion
with our special guest Lawrence Lessig
Raging Cronyism

John Locke Foundation Carolina Journal Online
The Locker Room Carolina Journal Radio

Capital Quotes

The moral issue’s already passed with gambling in Cherokee because they’re already doing it.
— Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, talking to the Associated Press about a new agreement allowing poker and other table games with live dealers at the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ casino.

Everybody’s busy, everybody’s happy. The work leaves absolutely no visible problems.
— Sen. Harris Blake, R-Moore, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, on fracking for natural gas in Pennsylvania. The N.C. Senate passed a bill this week allowing fracking.

I’d give it high odds that you are going to see a voter ID (bill) pass. If it gets vetoed the veto will get overridden.
— House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, on the odds the General Assembly will pass a law requiring citizens to present identification when voting.

We’re not talking recession. We’re really talking sluggish growth.
— UNC-Charlotte economist John Connaughton, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, offering his projection for the North Carolina economy over the next two years.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood discusses themes from his new book about restoring North Carolina’s economy; state senators debate reform to forced annexation law; Reps. Hugh Blackwell and Paul Luebke debate boosting participation in public school Advanced Placement courses; Duke law professor Scott Silliman analyzes the policy and legal issues around drone warfare; and JLF’s Terry Stoops explains why opportunity scholarships are growing in popularity.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: Fixing unemployment insurance; The Veto Garage; Cherokee getting table games; and tolling I-95. This week’s panelists: John Hood and Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; and former Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker.


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