Title IX and HG2. Did the decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals follow the letter of the law or definitions of gender defined in an article about Title IX? Guest host Mark Shiver kicks off the show talking to Civitas Center for Law and Freedom Chief Counsel Elliot Engstrom about that very issue. Elliot says a law adding Title IX protections for gender identity was never enacted. Mark asks how the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was created. Elliot explains it all can be traced back to the New Deal. He says in the 50’s and 60’s, all these agencies were set up to make the world better. He further explains the ruling will have to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He says a stay could be issued on the ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. If you want to understand the law, check out Elliot’s blog and listen to his show “Closing Arguments with Elliot Engstrom” on Friday’s between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Next, House Speaker Tim Moore joins Mark. He shares some of the accomplishments he’s most proud of from the last legislative session which include expanding educational choice, expanding tax reductions, and funding key priorities. Mark asks about the length of the last session. Speaker Moore says he gets a lot of questions about that, but it’s what happens when you bring together that many people with differing opinions. He says some of the goals for the next session include working on budget adjustments for the biennium, continuing tax reductions, education reform, and tweaking HB2 in accordance to what the Governor has requested. Speaker Moore says the state has been subject to a smear campaign over the passage of this bill. Mark asks if the issue of occupational licensure will come up this session. Speaker Moore says this will have to be addressed in the long session. He points out that some professions have been included that perhaps shouldn’t have been.
In the second hour, Director of Policy Brian Balfour is talking taxes with Mark. Brian breaks down how the state was so ill-prepared for the “Great Recession” of 2008-2009 that lawmakers had to put in place to pay for unrestrained spending of previous years. Mark asks how we can continue to see a continued tax revenue surplus when lawmakers are lowering the tax rate. Brian explains that the tax cuts are allowing consumers to put more money back into the economy, more people are coming to the state to look for work and more jobs are being created. Brian tells Mark some of the reforms he expects to see in the coming session are corporate income and personal income tax rates continuing to drop. He adds that by doing so, North Carolina is on pace to become the lowest on both in the nation.
Finally, Vice President of Business & Culture for the Media Research Center Dan Gainor discusses former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling’s comments on Facebook about transgenders and ESPN’s response to it. This is a great discussion about much more than sports.
Republican National Committeeman Candidate Greg Gebhardt, Time Warner Cable News’ Tim Boyum and Free to Brew host Greg Pulscher join us tomorrow.