by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, offered this observation today during a chat that will appear in an upcoming edition of Carolina Journal Radio:
We’re actually seeing lawmakers in other states — both regionally and nationally — look at what’s going on in North Carolina and say, “Hey, we’ve got to get in on some of that action, or we’re going to get left behind economically. We saw it with the Republican Senate leader in the New Jersey Senate just last week. Tom Kean Jr., on the Senate floor in New Jersey, pointed to what was happening in North Carolina and said, look, if New Jersey doesn’t counter with an equally competitive proposal, they’re going to see retirees fleeing down to North Carolina, especially in light of the elimination of the state’s death tax. If you’re a retiree, Pinehurst is looking just as good as places in Florida were looking prior to the [legislative] session.