Blurring the lines of ethics and accountability:
The General Assembly’s top economist told legislators the state has collected $120 million more than projected for the first six months, or through Dec. 31. Barry Boardman wrote Friday that’s 1.2 percent above the revenue target of roughly $10 billion. He says that means revenue is “essentially on track.”
Boardman’s report says moderate economic growth is expected in the state and wage growth is helping personal income tax collections exceeded projections. Sales taxes are below their target.
When this story first caught my eye (or nose, if you will), I detected a whiff of corporate influence, and decided to do a little digging. While Boardman has been working for the General Assembly going on ten years now, he has also recently become involved with the NC Chamber of Commerce: