For the week of
January 06, 2012
Reaction of the Week
RALEIGH — North Carolina could reverse its unemployment insurance
deficit and repay its $2.6 billion trust fund debt by aligning its
benefits and eligibility period more closely to those in neighboring
states. Those changes would also limit future tax increases, according
to a John Locke Foundation Spotlight report scheduled for release next
“While the trust fund debt has grown rapidly in just two-and-a-half
years, changes of relative ease would pay off this debt in six years,”
said report author Fergus Hodgson, JLF Director of Fiscal Policy
Studies. “Doing so would halt the growing imposition of debt on future
workers not yet able to defend themselves in the political process, and
it would avert further intrusion and mandatory tax increases from the
The General Assembly’s Revenue Laws Study Committee subpoenaed testimony
on the unemployment debt this morning from the head of the N.C.
Division of Employment Security.
Hodgson’s report recommends adjusting the state’s payment formula to
align with South Carolina's current benefits. That would cut the average
weekly unemployment benefit from $292 to $239. Hodgson also recommends
cutting the number of exclusively state-funded weeks of unemployment
benefits from 26 to 20.
The state owes the $2.6 billion to the federal government. North
Carolina started borrowing money from the feds during the Great
Recession after draining the state's unemployment insurance trust fund.
CJ: Congressional committee asks Perdue to produce BLS records
RALEIGH — The U. S. House Committee on Education
and the Workforce has requested that Gov. Bev Perdue provide
information spelling out how she was able in August to release North
Carolina employment data that was supposed to be protected by an
CJ: Veto override raises legal questions
RALEIGH — Holiday cheer gave way to Scrooge-like
griping during two contentious sessions Wednesday and early Thursday
morning in which Republicans overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill
that eliminates an automatic dues check-off option for members of the
state teacher’s association.
CJ: Feds rule state dental board stifled competition
RALEIGH — In early December, the Federal Trade
Commission voted that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners had
stifled competition illegally by excluding non-dentists from providing
teeth-whitening services or products to consumers.
CJ: UNC-CH profit centers could be in IRS crosshairs
CHAPEL HILL — The Internal Revenue Service is
conducting a major audit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and other higher education institutions. The audits may highlight a concern that entrepreneurs have aired about
universities for decades.
Deal leaves Racial Justice Act in limbo
RALEIGH — House Republican leaders, unable to muster enough votes to
override the governor's veto of the bill gutting the Racial Justice Act,
consented Wednesday to a last-minute attempt at finding a compromise
that might appease opponents of the two-year-old law without making them
appear indifferent to potential bias in death-penalty trials.
Monday, January 09, 2012 at 12:00 pm Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Jenna Ashley Robinson
"Economic Freedom: What does it mean for the United States?"
Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
22nd Anniversary Dinner
with our special guest Judge Andrew Napolitano
JLF 22nd Anniversary Dinner with Judge Andrew Napolitano
“This should be a learning experience.”
— House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, as quoted by the Associated Press, on the House’s override of a veto of a bill prohibiting N.C. Association of Educators dues from being taken directly out of teacher’s paychecks. Tillis noted that the Republican leadership has said for the past six months that veto overrides can be considered anytime the House is in session.
“This type of ‘bipartisan, for-the-people façade’ would make a tyrant blush.”
— Scott Laster, executive director of the state GOP, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, commenting on Gov. Bev Perdue’s picks to a panel that will help screen candidates for judicial appointments.
“We do have a very diverse caucus. And they’re not a bunch of sheep.”
— Minority Leader Joe Hackney, D-Orange, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about House Democrats.
“We’re going to be sick of campaign commercials by next Election Day.”
— Eric Heberlig, an associate political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, talking to the Associated Press about the magnitude of campaigning that is likely to take place in North Carolina in 2012.
On The Air This Week…
This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Becki Gray analyzes accomplishments of recent legislative mini-sessions;legislators debate when and how state agencies should consult with the legislature on big-ticket spending; legislative economist Barry Boardman and Sen. Jerry Tillman discuss the relationship between sales tax rates and tax revenues; Moore County resident Vern Pike discusses his book on “Checkpoint Charlie,” and Jeanette Doran of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law looks at 2012 priorities for the organization she now leads.
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. This entire NC SPIN episode will feature our panel giving their insights into the 2012 elections. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; columnist Cash Michaels; and political consultant Brad Crone.