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On the Thursday "What Matters in North Carolina" program, host Mark Shiver spoke with Brian Balfour, executive vice-president of the Civitas Institute, to discuss the proposed Wake County sales tax increase on the Nov. 8 ballots, which will go to fund a mass transit plan
On the Thursday "What Matters in North Carolina" program, host Mark Shiver spoke with Brian Balfour, executive vice-president of the Civitas Institute, to discuss the proposed Wake County sales tax increase on the Nov. 8 ballots, which will go to fund a mass transit plan
 
Progressive critics of North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reforms are quick to seize on topline unemployment rate figures in an attempt to discredit the rate cuts. But a closer look shows that in fact our state has enjoyed stellar job growth since taxes were cut.
Progressive critics of North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reforms are quick to seize on topline unemployment rate figures in an attempt to discredit the rate cuts. But a closer look shows that in fact our state has enjoyed stellar job growth since taxes were cut.
 
Late last week, the Tax Foundation - the nation's leading independent tax policy research organization since 1937 - released its book "North Carolina Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Tax Reform."
Late last week, the Tax Foundation - the nation's leading independent tax policy research organization since 1937 - released its book "North Carolina Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Tax Reform."
 
In the face of defeat, claim victory anyway. That's what state bureaucrats in charge of meddling with North Carolina's economy are doing in light of a recent report that suggests their meddling has produced dismal results.
In the face of defeat, claim victory anyway. That's what state bureaucrats in charge of meddling with North Carolina's economy are doing in light of a recent report that suggests their meddling has produced dismal results.
 
In 2013, North Carolina's unemployment insurance (UI) program was in terrible shape. Like most states, North Carolina borrowed funds from the federal government to cover increased unemployment benefits during the great recession. The Tar Heel State owed Washington $2.75 billion. As a result, the sta
In 2013, North Carolina's unemployment insurance (UI) program was in terrible shape. Like most states, North Carolina borrowed funds from the federal government to cover increased unemployment benefits during the great recession. The Tar Heel State owed Washington $2.75 billion. As a result, the sta
 
The FY 2015-16 North Carolina state budget has finally been finalized. Was it worth the wait? Rather than wading through 400 pages of text, you can read here about the ten most interesting and important aspects of the budget in this article.
The FY 2015-16 North Carolina state budget has finally been finalized. Was it worth the wait? Rather than wading through 400 pages of text, you can read here about the ten most interesting and important aspects of the budget in this article.
 
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
 
In the series "Cut This, Go Home," several items that should have been eliminated from the budget were highlighted to facilitate the budget's passage and to enable legislators to go home sooner.
In the series "Cut This, Go Home," several items that should have been eliminated from the budget were highlighted to facilitate the budget's passage and to enable legislators to go home sooner.
 
On net, this year's final budget deal can be viewed positively by conservatives. Tipping the scales in favor of the spending plan include: a net tax cut of nearly $400 million over two years, allowing the renewable energy tax credit to expire, elimination of taxpayer support for the highly...
On net, this year's final budget deal can be viewed positively by conservatives. Tipping the scales in favor of the spending plan include: a net tax cut of nearly $400 million over two years, allowing the renewable energy tax credit to expire, elimination of taxpayer support for the highly...
 
As budget negotiations for the long-overdue 2015 North Carolina state budget continue, the Civitas Institute would like to remind legislators and taxpayers about opportunities to save real money in the budget - which will enable negotiators to come to an agreement once and for all.
As budget negotiations for the long-overdue 2015 North Carolina state budget continue, the Civitas Institute would like to remind legislators and taxpayers about opportunities to save real money in the budget - which will enable negotiators to come to an agreement once and for all.
 
As the nation's sub-par economic recovery continues, tax revenues to state coffers are not rising as rapidly as in past periods of robust economic growth. Some left-leaning groups in North Carolina have attempted to seize upon this as an opportunity to criticize the state's 2013 tax cuts as a...
As the nation's sub-par economic recovery continues, tax revenues to state coffers are not rising as rapidly as in past periods of robust economic growth. Some left-leaning groups in North Carolina have attempted to seize upon this as an opportunity to criticize the state's 2013 tax cuts as a...
 
Likely North Carolina voters overwhelmingly favor a measure to restrain the growth rate of state spending. According to the April 2011 Civitas Institute poll, 67 percent of respondents support the ideas contained in HB 188 - which would limit the growth rate of the state budget to a formula based...
Likely North Carolina voters overwhelmingly favor a measure to restrain the growth rate of state spending. According to the April 2011 Civitas Institute poll, 67 percent of respondents support the ideas contained in HB 188 - which would limit the growth rate of the state budget to a formula based...
 
According to recent reports, the federal government administers 126 separate programs directed at low-income households. Many of these programs are administered in partnership with state governments, while state and local governments provide still more separate programs. Spending on these...
According to recent reports, the federal government administers 126 separate programs directed at low-income households. Many of these programs are administered in partnership with state governments, while state and local governments provide still more separate programs. Spending on these...
 
North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reform drastically improved our state's tax climate, making the Tar Heel State far more competitive for job and investment growth. The Tax Foundation credited the tax changes for North Carolina's dramatic increase from the 7th worst business tax climate in the...
North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reform drastically improved our state's tax climate, making the Tar Heel State far more competitive for job and investment growth. The Tax Foundation credited the tax changes for North Carolina's dramatic increase from the 7th worst business tax climate in the...
 
The North Carolina Senate this week unveiled its state budget spending for the upcoming FY 2015-16 fiscal year. The plan includes total spending of $21.47 billion, compared to $22.15 billion in the House budget plan.
The North Carolina Senate this week unveiled its state budget spending for the upcoming FY 2015-16 fiscal year. The plan includes total spending of $21.47 billion, compared to $22.15 billion in the House budget plan.
 
Big government "progressives" love telling other people what to do (and spending other people's money). It's all about control, as a central tenant of progressivism is a strong central state controlling what should be free, voluntary associations between citizens.
Big government "progressives" love telling other people what to do (and spending other people's money). It's all about control, as a central tenant of progressivism is a strong central state controlling what should be free, voluntary associations between citizens.
 
Late last week the North Carolina House passed its FY 2015-17 budget proposal. The spending plan would appropriate $22.16 billion in the coming year, an increase of 6.3 percent over the amount of projected actual spending in the current budget year.
Late last week the North Carolina House passed its FY 2015-17 budget proposal. The spending plan would appropriate $22.16 billion in the coming year, an increase of 6.3 percent over the amount of projected actual spending in the current budget year.
 
This week's Bad Bill of the Week features the resurrection of a Bad Bill feature from two years ago. House Bill 609, The Healthy and High Performing Schools Act, is sponsored by Reps. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) and Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg). HB 609 is a near...
This week's Bad Bill of the Week features the resurrection of a Bad Bill feature from two years ago. House Bill 609, The Healthy and High Performing Schools Act, is sponsored by Reps. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) and Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg). HB 609 is a near...
 
North Carolina requires occupational licensing for more than 700 professions, which generates an absurd amount of bureaucracy and red tape. Occupational licensing forces people to pay a fee, and often go through needless additional training, in order to legally practice their profession in the state
North Carolina requires occupational licensing for more than 700 professions, which generates an absurd amount of bureaucracy and red tape. Occupational licensing forces people to pay a fee, and often go through needless additional training, in order to legally practice their profession in the state
 
Would it be okay if citizens were forced to vote for a candidate against their will? Of course not.So why do certain NC legislators think it okay to force citizens to financially support candidates against their will?
Would it be okay if citizens were forced to vote for a candidate against their will? Of course not.So why do certain NC legislators think it okay to force citizens to financially support candidates against their will?
 
Two months ago, we featured as a Bad Bill of the Week HB 245, which was a bill that would funnel state taxpayer funds to a local children's museum in the bill sponsor's district.
Two months ago, we featured as a Bad Bill of the Week HB 245, which was a bill that would funnel state taxpayer funds to a local children's museum in the bill sponsor's district.
 
The news that North Carolina's state General Fund budget revenue is now predicted to come in $400 million above original estimates caused the Left to go into full spin mode. For months, liberal progressives were fretting about the end of Western Civilization as we know it due to earlier...
The news that North Carolina's state General Fund budget revenue is now predicted to come in $400 million above original estimates caused the Left to go into full spin mode. For months, liberal progressives were fretting about the end of Western Civilization as we know it due to earlier...
 
Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs.
Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs.
 
In a free society, employers and employees voluntarily agree to the terms of their relationship. Unfortunately, government has for generations forcibly inserted itself into that relationship with various mandates and restrictions. Minimum wage laws, workplace requirements, and mandatory government u
In a free society, employers and employees voluntarily agree to the terms of their relationship. Unfortunately, government has for generations forcibly inserted itself into that relationship with various mandates and restrictions. Minimum wage laws, workplace requirements, and mandatory government u
 
Now you can learn the school of economic thought that politicians, mainstream economic professors and Paul Krugman don't want you to know about - right in the palm of your hand.
Now you can learn the school of economic thought that politicians, mainstream economic professors and Paul Krugman don't want you to know about - right in the palm of your hand.
 
Five years ago, in response to a groundswell of parental complaints, Wake County schools finally ended its long-running policy of forced busing. Wake had long been one of a few remaining holdouts still clinging to this failed experiment that disrupted so many lives.
Five years ago, in response to a groundswell of parental complaints, Wake County schools finally ended its long-running policy of forced busing. Wake had long been one of a few remaining holdouts still clinging to this failed experiment that disrupted so many lives.
 
The glitz and glamour of movie and television production in North Carolina apparently is just too tempting for several North Carolina legislators to pass up. Unfortunately, they are willing to use your tax dollars to bribe more Hollywood big shots to come to the Tar Heel State.
The glitz and glamour of movie and television production in North Carolina apparently is just too tempting for several North Carolina legislators to pass up. Unfortunately, they are willing to use your tax dollars to bribe more Hollywood big shots to come to the Tar Heel State.
 
This week's Bad Bill has a title only George Orwell would love. Senate Bill 354, sponsored by Angela Bryant (D-Nash) and Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) is titled "North Carolina Healthcare Jobs Initiative."
This week's Bad Bill has a title only George Orwell would love. Senate Bill 354, sponsored by Angela Bryant (D-Nash) and Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) is titled "North Carolina Healthcare Jobs Initiative."
 
There's an old saying that says "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." The phrase is used to emphasize the fact that simply making something easy to do does not guarantee anybody will do it.
There's an old saying that says "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." The phrase is used to emphasize the fact that simply making something easy to do does not guarantee anybody will do it.
 
Earlier this month, the NC House introduced the "NC Competes Act," a bill that would expand the state's Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), and extend targeted tax breaks for datacenters and a major passenger airline. Yesterday, the Senate introduced two bills designed as an...
Earlier this month, the NC House introduced the "NC Competes Act," a bill that would expand the state's Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), and extend targeted tax breaks for datacenters and a major passenger airline. Yesterday, the Senate introduced two bills designed as an...
 
Wikipedia defines "pork barrel" spending as "the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative's district."
Wikipedia defines "pork barrel" spending as "the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative's district."
 
Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan.
Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan.
 
Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg...
Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg...
 
Politicians love to use their power to dole out favors and privileges to politically-connected special interests. They also love to interfere with the economy, attempting to impose their preferences upon investors and consumers through a hodgepodge of taxpayer handouts and targeted tax breaks.
Politicians love to use their power to dole out favors and privileges to politically-connected special interests. They also love to interfere with the economy, attempting to impose their preferences upon investors and consumers through a hodgepodge of taxpayer handouts and targeted tax breaks.
 
Significantly lower gas prices at the pump the last several months have put more money in the pockets of NC motorists. But because of the adjustable portion of the state gas tax, lower gas prices would also mean less money to state government coffers. Apparently, some state legislators can't...
Significantly lower gas prices at the pump the last several months have put more money in the pockets of NC motorists. But because of the adjustable portion of the state gas tax, lower gas prices would also mean less money to state government coffers. Apparently, some state legislators can't...
 
Gas prices fell below $2.00 a gallon in much of state this month, providing North Carolinians with some extra cash in their pockets to pay off those Christmas credit card bills.
Gas prices fell below $2.00 a gallon in much of state this month, providing North Carolinians with some extra cash in their pockets to pay off those Christmas credit card bills.
 
New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civi
New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civi
 
Call it North Carolina's money pit. The North Carolina Global Transpark (GTP) in Kinston describes itself as "a 2,500-acre industrial/airport site situated strategically in Eastern North Carolina."
Call it North Carolina's money pit. The North Carolina Global Transpark (GTP) in Kinston describes itself as "a 2,500-acre industrial/airport site situated strategically in Eastern North Carolina."
 
The Fortify 40/440 project is an NC DOT effort to re-build the southern part of the I-40 beltline. Naturally, a major highway construction project like this means lane closures and major traffic jams for commuters. In this case, however, it also means a waste of NC taxpayers' money.
The Fortify 40/440 project is an NC DOT effort to re-build the southern part of the I-40 beltline. Naturally, a major highway construction project like this means lane closures and major traffic jams for commuters. In this case, however, it also means a waste of NC taxpayers' money.
 
Today marks the opening day for the 2015 "long session" for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget.
Today marks the opening day for the 2015 "long session" for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget.
 
Last week, yet another study claiming that expanding Medicaid in North Carolina will create tens of thousands of jobs was released and dutifully reported by the media. The findings of such studies, however, are based upon a fatally flawed assumption that Medicaid coverage equates to access to...
Last week, yet another study claiming that expanding Medicaid in North Carolina will create tens of thousands of jobs was released and dutifully reported by the media. The findings of such studies, however, are based upon a fatally flawed assumption that Medicaid coverage equates to access to...
 
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