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July 20, 2012

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s next set of elected leaders can boost taxpayers’ job prospects, help educate their children better, and protect them from overly high taxes and burdensome regulations. The John Locke Foundation’s new Agenda 2012 Policy Report offers more than 100 recommendations addressing these and other critical public policy goals. (For a link to the document, click here.)

“During the 2012 campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: developing informed positions on dozens of public policy issues,” said Roy Cordato, JLF vice president for research and resident scholar. “Agenda 2012 is designed to help those candidates, with a series of recommendations that advance individual liberty, personal responsibility, and a free-market economy.”

The latest in a series of Agenda reports published every two years since 1996, this year’s edition offers more detailed analysis of a wider range of topics, Cordato said. “We have 35 separate issue entries covering about 66 pages of a more than 70-page document,” he said. “We decided that it would be more useful to cover some issues with greater specificity than in 2010.”

For example, JLF researchers have replaced a general discussion of tax reform with separate items on North Carolina’s sales tax and personal and corporate income taxes.

“North Carolina should adopt a sweeping reform of its personal income tax,” Cordato said. “The current rate structure should be collapsed into a single low, flat rate in order to diminish the bias against work effort and self-improvement geared toward income advancement. Meanwhile, the state should repeal the corporate income tax.”

News Features

CJ: Low turnout leads to call for runoff alternatives
RALEIGH — As North Carolina voters avoided the voting booth by the millions on Tuesday, election officials and academics called on the General Assembly to scrap the state’s expensive, no-show runoff elections.

CJ: Education reforms made halting advances in short session
RALEIGH — The 2012 short session of the General Assembly saw some proposed reforms to the public schools move forward, while others lacked the political support to advance.

CJ: Randy Parton Theatre could become sweepstakes parlor and tavern
ROANOKE RAPIDS — The failed Randy Parton Theatre may soon become an Internet gambling facility and bar. Plans for a lease-to-buy deal for the financially ailing facility, now known as the Roanoke Rapids Theater, could be announced within days.

CJ: Durham considers cracking down on food trucks
DURHAM — The friendliest city to food trucks in North Carolina may kick food trucks off its streets, or at least streets where there are restaurants nearby. For the last several years, Durham has fostered one of the most popular “street food” scenes in the country.

GOP lieutenant governor’s nod goes to Forest
RALEIGH — Republican Dan Forest scored a convincing win Tuesday over fellow Raleigh resident Tony Gurley for the right to run for lieutenant governor in November as voters chose party nominees in a dozen Council of State and legislative runoff races. Forest, an architect, had 68 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Gurley, a Wake County commissioner.

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Capital Quotes

People through their actions have said they don’t care about second primaries.
Gary Bartlett, executive director of the state Board of Elections, talking to the Asheville Citizen-Times about Tuesday’s runoffs.

I think it comes down to this. They wanted the merger, then they didn’t want it, then they couldn’t get out of it, then they didn’t want to get stuck with me as the person who dragged them into it.
Bill Johnson, former CEO of Progress Energy, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer explaining to the N.C. Utilities Commission why he was not retained as CEO of Duke Energy after the two companies merged.

This is a big jigsaw puzzle.
— Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore, talking to the Asheville Citizen-Times about the work needed to determine which cases involved state crime lab analysts who failed a certification test.

Our communities are full of people who have turned their lives around.
Eddie Caldwell, spokesman for the North Carolina Sheriff's Association, commenting to the Fayetteville Observer on a new law that allows certain people convicted of nonviolent misdemeanors and low-level felony convictions to expunge the crimes from their records.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson discusses the DOT budget letter scandal and investigation; lawmakers debate merits of public-private transportation projects; Reps. Pat McElraft & Deborah Ross offer opposing views on a bill about regulation and sea level rise; George Mason University economist Donald Boudreaux explains how the world has been cleaned by capitalism; and JLF’s Terry Stoops discusses the market share held by school choice options.

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: Election news; coastal regulations; why you owe $15,000 to cover the state’s debt obligations; and the public schools’ choice of longer days or more days. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; journalist Cash Michaels; political consultant Peg O’Connell; and political analyst Phil Kirk.


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