Posts Tagged ‘Tax Reform’

SC Senator Shane Massey

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Allison Andrews

Panelists Mike Brenan, President, BB&T South Carolina, and Neal Robbins, Publisher, North State Journal, talk to special guest Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey about the possible sale of Santee Cooper, the state-owned electric utility after a bungled nuclear deal. Tax reform and incentives are also among the topics discussed.

Jeffrey Epstein, Secretary of Revenue, NC

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by Allison Andrews

Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, and Mike Brenan, BB&T-South Carolina. Topics: HB2, Education spending, Tax reform, Privacy and security.

Mike McGuire, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP

Posted on: April 25th, 2015 by Allison Andrews

Panelists Bob Anders of Plexus Capital and Economist Scott Baier join the discussion around tax reform, the benefit of disruption, and organic growth.

Cultivating a Counterculture

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by admin

The Asheville region has seen a post-recession boom, and this summer led the state in low unemployment. Jack Cecil, a prominent business and civic leader in western North Carolina and President of Biltmore Farms, attributes this largely to the growth of small businesses and the continued cultivation of Asheville’s unique counterculture. On this program, Cecil recounts the region’s economic recovery and the challenges in addressing underemployment. Joining the conversation are Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr., Winthrop University Professor of Political Science and Columbia Chamber of Commerce CEO Carl Blackstone.

Education Lottery

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by admin

South Carolina’s Education Lottery has bolstered the state’s funding for scholarships and other initiatives by more than $3 billion over the past 12 years. For the past five years, Paula Harper Bethea has been at the helm of the agency which runs the state lottery. On this program, she shares her perspective on how South Carolina is addressing the education disparity between rural and urban communities, the rising cost of a college education and her ideas for sustaining lottery sales to continue raising money for learning programs. Bob Morgan of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal join the conversation.




Political Civility

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by admin

While much has been written about the contentious policies adopted this year under the Republican-led legislature in North Carolina, Lt. Governor Dan Forest points to meaningful bills which passed with little fanfare and bipartisan support. On this program, the Lt. Governor discusses the state of civility in politics and his views on priorities at the General Assembly in 2014. Kathy Almond of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and Andy Brack of the Statehouse Report join the dialogue.



Keepers of the Public Purse

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by admin

As North Carolina lawmakers finalize significant changes to the state’s tax code, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell is preparing to balance the books and account for the anticipated decline in revenue after tax cuts. Cowell’s counterpart in South Carolina,  State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has his own challenges, including the continued uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act and its implications for government employees and contractors. On this program, the CFO’s of both states discuss their roles in keeping the public purse, managing risk in public pensions and the importance of recruiting others to a life of public service.


Politics & Policy

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by admin

The questions of good policy versus politics-as-usual continue to be a dominant topic in Columbia and Raleigh. The topics of tax reform, voter identification laws and immigration seem to have taken the spotlight, while clear political divisions appear between the region’s rural and urban communities. Or political science experts discuss these policy issues, the changing demographics of the electorate and predictions for the 2014 vote. Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO and Charlotte Regional Dean of Northeastern University moderates the conversation with Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr. of Winthrop University, Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College, Dr. Laura Olson of Clemson University and Dr. Susan Roberts of Davidson College.




Uneven Recovery

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by admin

Engineering and finance are among the more robust sectors of the economy as the Carolinas continue to recover from the Great Recession, according to our trio of economists. The news is not as positive in manufacturing, as jobs continue to be lost amid more automation and productivity gains. And the wild card in the region’s economic rebound may be significant tax reforms currently under discussion by elected leaders in both Carolinas. On this program, Scott Baier of Clemson University, South Carolina Chief Economist Frank Rainwater and John Silvia of Wells Fargo discuss the region’s rebound, the parts of the economy which continue to lag in the recovery and the potential impact of a consumption-based tax system.


Branding North Carolina

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by admin

North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker is spending her first few months on the job navigating complex political channels and bureaucracy in Raleigh. At the same time, she is proposing a realignment of both the state agency and regional economic development groups to allow for quicker decisions on issues which keep the state competitive in luring new jobs to the region. On this program, Secretary Decker discusses why education and technology are key components in the state’s economic recovery, why Commerce is involved in the efforts to implement tax reform, and how she hopes to influence perception of the region with a new marketing and brand campaign.

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