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Dan ForestIt apparently happened six months ago, but Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is no longer on the Board of Directors of Faith Driven Consumer — a Raleigh-based nonprofit that seeks to connect consumers to companies to which it gives high ratings for their supposed level of faithfulness to a “Biblical world view.” The nonprofit reported last week that Forest was replaced on January 30 with man named Edward J. Dillon — also of Raleigh.

As NC Policy Watch reported in late November of last year, Forest had been one of the group’s founding directors when it first filed papers with the Secretary of State in 2011.  As we also reported, one of the group’s main outputs is a series of company reviews in which it grades corporations with zero to five stars for their supposed faithfulness to the group’s particular brand of “Christianity.” Read More

In a move reminiscent of the Extended Unemployment Benefits debacle/crisis here in N.C., our national legislative leaders have decided to hold the FAA hostage for their own political games. In both situations, what is usually a bipartisan reauthorization becomes a hardheaded stand-off (with the whole debt-ceiling thing going on in the background, no less).

You can read all about the background of FAA issue in all the major news outlets, blogs, twitter, google plus, etc.

What’s interesting to me is how the “tax holiday” becomes a test case of how private businesses handle visible tax breaks.

There’s some buzz that with the FAA shutdown, normal taxes/fees that go the agency will not be collected. How do the major airlines handle that? Will the savings get passed down to the consumers as many fiscal conservatives have pronounced tax breaks to businesses will do?


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