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The Tax-Cut Payoff in Carolina

  Wall Street Journal Columnist Stephen Moore: Even with lower rates, tax revenues have increased 6% this year, and the state has a $400 million budget surplus. Published June 3, 2015  - Source: Wall Street Journal Four years ago North Carolina’s unemployment rate was above 10% and…

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Art Pope says tax cuts are aimed at long-term growth, not a one-year budget surplus

On Sunday, May 10, the News & Observer covered the recent North Carolina budget surplus in their special ‘Under the Dome’ Sunday Section.  Former state budget director Art Pope (Chairman and CEO of Variety Wholesalers and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation) provided his…

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Art Pope opens Raleigh Save-A-Lot

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Variety Wholesalers CEO Art Pope, joined Variety Wholesalers President Wilson Sawyer to officially open the doors to their newest store venture, a Save-A-Lot grocery store at 1610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Raleigh. Several local representatives were on hand…

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About Art

James Arthur “Art” Pope (born May 5, 1956) is an American businessman, public servant, and philanthropist. He is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Variety Wholesalers, Inc., a company that operates over 350 retail stores in 15 states and employs approximately 7,000 people. Pope served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, from 1989 to 1992 and 1999 to 2002. He is also chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, a philanthropic foundation named after his father.

Philanthropy News

Pope Foundation Makes $185,000 in Humanitarian Grants to Counter Effects of Government Shutdown

To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina. “The Pope Foundation is always honored to help these vital humanitarian…

Bringing Freedom to the Murder Capital of the World

The Pope Foundation’s new Achiever Spotlight tells the story of Guillermo Peña Panting, a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, widely considered the most dangerous place on Earth outside of a war zone: What would convince a talented, promising young man to forsake a life of ease…

Promoting the Legacy of ‘Senator No’

The Pope Foundation’s new Grantee Profile focuses on the Jesse Helms Center: No compendium of influential conservatives from the 20th century is complete without “Senator No” — Jesse Helms. First elected in 1972 to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, Helms was a mainstay of the…