Sunday sampler

I didn’t post a Sampler last week because I wasn’t particularly inspired by what I read on the front pages of the Sunday papers. Today is a different story.

Asheville: President Trump has said so many things that it’s difficult to keep track of them. The Citizen-Times circled back to his pledge to support legislation allowing churches to endorse political candidates without fear of the IRS coming calling, Changing the law would have unintended consequences that are not good. “Churches do not have to tell the government who their donors are. Promises of anonymity and the tax deduction for gifts ‘would result in glorified money laundering from a legal standpoint,’ said the Rev. Todd Donatelli of the Cathedral of All Souls, an Episcopal congregation in Biltmore Village.

Charlotte: The Observer raises and attempts to answer a question I have always wondered about: Does it make sense for governments to use tax incentives to lure companies that bring low-paying jobs? “Josh Goodman, who studies tax incentives for the Pew Charitable Trust, said subsidizing jobs may encourage more people to move to Charlotte. ‘You could have people moving up the economic ladder,’ Goodman said. ‘But if people already have jobs, you may be attracting people to your city to fill the new ones.’ In some cases, Mecklenburg County studies show the people holding the new jobs would pay less in taxes than they use in services like schools and hospitals.”

Greensboro: Guilford County was all ready to land a high-tech manufacturing plant — likely Adidas — until the legislature smacked the state with HB2. Guten tag, Adidas. That’s the lead anecdote in a News & Record story about how HB2 has and continues to hurt the state’s economy and people.
Fayetteville: The Rev. William Barber II, president of the state NAACP, has been a powerful advocate for change. The Observer has a good profile of him. “Over the past 11 years, he has become the charismatic – and polarizing – face and voice of North Carolina’s progressive movement and its collision with the conservatives who hold power. His work today is a culmination of a lifetime of fighting for justice, but his at-times confrontational style has drawn detractors and the pointed criticism that the people he is fighting are still holding the reins of power.”

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