23 Feb

What Matters for Tuesday, February 23, 2016

If a picture paints a thousand words, why don’t many images media outlets use to coincide with stories make any sense? Chad kicks off the show discussing the decision by Charlotte’s City Council to make all public restrooms available to either gender and how the image one media outlet decided to use with its article on the vote didn’t fit the topic, at least to him.

Next, Chad speaks to NC Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald about Monday’s vote by Charlotte City Council to revise the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance allowing people to choose restrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify. Tami says she knew the measure was going to pass and questioned why we haven’t heard anything about the issue from the Attorney General. She tells Chad there’s a provision in the Constitution that people have a right to support themselves through a self-sustaining business. The change, as Tami explains, puts these business owners in a position to sue the city. She tells Chad other cities that have passed similar ordinances have seen a decline in tourism. Chad asks what the General Assembly could do in this situation. Tami says South Dakota passed a law prohibiting transgender bathrooms or lawmakers could put an exclamation mark on the Constitution clearly defining what businesses must do. Chad says lawmakers could also just withhold funding for the city. Tami jokingly tells Chad she could say she’s been discriminated against because she walks into a lot of restaurants in downtown Raleigh and they recognize her and won’t serve her. Another big issue is how do you keep men out of women’s locker rooms? Good question.

In the second hour, AFP State Director Donald Bryson is in studio. Limits on film incentives. An article in the Atlanta Business Journal cites a GSU study saying AFP’s efforts to eliminate film incentives sent film workers fleeing to other states with more stable incentives like Georgia. Chad quotes the article which says Georgia doesn’t get any actual money for film and television productions, but instead awards them tax credits they can use against taxes owed in the year the credits were earned. Donald says this is like how solar subsidies work in North Carolina – another big issue for AFP. Chad tells Donald how impressive it was at the Energy Town Hall in Winston-Salem last week. Donald says he was pleased with the turnout and is looking forward to additional events in the near future.

Finally, did you know most Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings? Chad says giving children (anyone under the age of 30) a basic education in economics could possibly help this situation in the future.

Tomorrow we have Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser and NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor.

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