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Road to reform detours into tax cuts

Capital GoodsDespite the attention changes to abortion and election laws brought, the state legislature's Republican majority considers those it made to the tax structure its key accomplishment this year.

2013-10

The session

Up Front: Taking the long view

2013-10

Getting more than you pay for

Free & Clear: “You get what you pay for” sounds like good advice. Its persuasive appeal explains why so many use it, from helpful grandpas to ambitious politicians.

2013-10

Call it what it is

Up Front: Republicans now rule state government, and they’re using voter suppression to retain rather than regain power.

2013-09

Lessons from the session

Free & Clear: North Carolina adopted more free-market and conservative reforms than any other state has done in a single year.

2013-09

Business changes course on education

Capital GoodsTop business leaders have fewer long-standing ties to North Carolina and public education in the state.

2013-09

Focus on the homefront

Capital Goods: The Republican-controlled General Assembly clearly sees local government, in general, and city government, in particular, as too big for their britches

2013-08

What's the big idea?

Free & Clear: Over the past four decades, ideas such as deregulating markets and adopting pro-growth tax codes have become increasingly powerful in public policy.

2013-08

Mill work

Up Front: Life in northeastern North Carolina.

2013-07

Solving the economic puzzle

Free & Clear: To pretend that private capital formation is the only thing that matters in economic growth is like crowing after solving only one side of a Rubik’s Cube.

2013-07

Outside perspective

Capital Goods: Just talk of eliminating incentives may have cost the state business, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker told lawmakers.

2013-07

Paper trails

Up Front: Remembering the daily newspaper.

2013-06

Expirations on regulations

Free & Clear: If your goal is to reduce the overall weight of government regulation, sunset provisions are crucial. Rules should linger no longer than they’re needed.

2013-06

Sweepstakes industry pays to play

Capital Goods: By deed if not word, part of the state’s political leadership appears to be whispering to the video-gambling industry, “Don’t go. We really don’t mean it.”

2013-06

Gain in pain

Up Front: We could use a bit more honesty when assessing work performance.

2013-05

Seeing what we want to see

Free & Clear: Politicians and activists tend to see other yards as green or brown depending on which color would be most convenient for their arguments.

2013-05

Health care's need-to-know basis

Capital Goods: Relaxing certificate-of-need requirements is just one way GOP legislators seem intent on creating something resembling a free market for health care.

2013-05

Being Trumped

Up Front: Donald Trump woos to make a favorable impression of his new Mooresville course.

2013-04

Will shale gas lift the economy?

Capital Goods: Even if North Carolina's natural gas reserves far exceed current estimates, the larger issue of supply could affect the state’s energy future in the short term.

2013-04

Time to tend to family business

Free & Clear: Higher rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births raise the cost of government and, thus, act as a drag on economic growth.

2013-04