The cover story in the next edition of Carolina Journal details the six-figure tax debt owed by state Rep. Michael Wray, D-Halifax. Author Don Carrington, CJ‘s executive editor, discusses his research into Wray’s tax liability during an appearance this afternoon with Bill LuMaye on Talk Radio WPTF.
Managing Editor Rick Henderson discussed the Wray story, state budget negotiations, and other hot political topics during an hourlong appearance with guest host Donna Martinez in an earlier edition of LuMaye’s WPTF program. Henderson and Martinez discuss the week’s top electoral news for this weekend’s edition of Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” radio program.
The John Locke Foundation also released this week the latest installment of its annual By The Numbers report ranking North Carolina cities and counties on the basis of their tax-and-fee burdens. WWNC Radio covered the report, and author Michael Lowrey, JLF Economics and Regulatory Policy Analyst, discussed his findings with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” Phillips also interviewed Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops about the debate over Common Core public school standards.
WTVD Television interviewed Director of Communications Mitch Kokai for a pair of stories in the past week. The first dealt with a controversy over N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis’ televised comments in 2012 about the state’s “traditional population.” The second story focused on targeted state tax incentives offered to Advance Auto Parts. WFMY Television interviewed Kokai for a story about confidentiality surrounding the names of people defrauding a federal welfare program.
Kokai discussed the week’s top state government developments with Curtis Wright on WMYT Radio, and he filled in for Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray for one of her two regular appearances on WTSB Radio. Gray will recap the week’s top state politics and public policy developments this afternoon on WTSB.