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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...
 
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."
 
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.
 
A Goldsboro-based organization headed by the Rev. William Barber this year received nearly $350,000 of your tax dollars. Yes, that William Barber ó the ringleader of highly partisan political protests against the General Assembly the past few years.
A Goldsboro-based organization headed by the Rev. William Barber this year received nearly $350,000 of your tax dollars. Yes, that William Barber ó the ringleader of highly partisan political protests against the General Assembly the past few years.
 
The Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh excitedly touts that "General Admission to all facilities is FREE!"
The Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh excitedly touts that "General Admission to all facilities is FREE!"
 
North Carolina's so-called Welcome Centers are indeed a welcome site for full-bladdered motorists in need of a pit stop. And the available maps and tourism brochures may come in handy for curious travelers as well.
North Carolina's so-called Welcome Centers are indeed a welcome site for full-bladdered motorists in need of a pit stop. And the available maps and tourism brochures may come in handy for curious travelers as well.
 
The doors to the Kannapolis Research Center opened in 2008, thanks to the funding of billionaire owner of Dole Foods David Murdock - and North Carolina taxpayers.
The doors to the Kannapolis Research Center opened in 2008, thanks to the funding of billionaire owner of Dole Foods David Murdock - and North Carolina taxpayers.
 
The North Carolina Zoo, celebrating its 40th year, is located in Asheboro on 2,200 acres of land. The zoo attracts about 700,000 visitors annually from all 100 counties in the state.
The North Carolina Zoo, celebrating its 40th year, is located in Asheboro on 2,200 acres of land. The zoo attracts about 700,000 visitors annually from all 100 counties in the state.
 
During this holiday season, do you plan on donating some used clothing or other items to a local charity? If so, don't be surprised to see a government bureaucrat with a ruler measuring the size of the writing on the side of the collection box.
During this holiday season, do you plan on donating some used clothing or other items to a local charity? If so, don't be surprised to see a government bureaucrat with a ruler measuring the size of the writing on the side of the collection box.
 
Indiana Jones made it look cool to be an archaeologist. What's not cool, however, is for the State of North Carolina to force taxpayers to subsidize an office that attempts to centrally oversee the archaeological projects across the state.
Indiana Jones made it look cool to be an archaeologist. What's not cool, however, is for the State of North Carolina to force taxpayers to subsidize an office that attempts to centrally oversee the archaeological projects across the state.
 
It wouldn't make much sense to buy beer for alcoholics in an effort to reduce alcoholism. So why is the state using tax dollars to mail garbage to suspected litterers?
It wouldn't make much sense to buy beer for alcoholics in an effort to reduce alcoholism. So why is the state using tax dollars to mail garbage to suspected litterers?
 
"Grassroots" is a word commonly used in the political world to describe what happens when highly motivated supporters spontaneously form a group from the ground up to advance a political cause or candidate.
"Grassroots" is a word commonly used in the political world to describe what happens when highly motivated supporters spontaneously form a group from the ground up to advance a political cause or candidate.
 
The North Carolina Symphony plays to audiences across the state. Shows vary in nature from holiday themes to child-friendly performances to movie scores.
The North Carolina Symphony plays to audiences across the state. Shows vary in nature from holiday themes to child-friendly performances to movie scores.
 
North Carolina is home to a thriving and growing wine industry. Consumers support the industry every time they buy a bottle of North Carolina wine.
North Carolina is home to a thriving and growing wine industry. Consumers support the industry every time they buy a bottle of North Carolina wine.
 
Tryon Palace is a collection of historic buildings and museums that offer visitors a glimpse into North Carolina's past. The site's stated mission is to "engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the...
Tryon Palace is a collection of historic buildings and museums that offer visitors a glimpse into North Carolina's past. The site's stated mission is to "engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the...
 
Now in its 30th year, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center uses taxpayer money in "support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide."
Now in its 30th year, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center uses taxpayer money in "support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide."
 
Teacher pay. Medicaid. These are perhaps the two most contentious spending items in this yearís state budget. But continuing to fly under the radar is taxpayer-funded television programming.
Teacher pay. Medicaid. These are perhaps the two most contentious spending items in this yearís state budget. But continuing to fly under the radar is taxpayer-funded television programming.
 
To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence: Governments are instituted among men in order to secure man's inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and banjo museums.
To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence: Governments are instituted among men in order to secure man's inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and banjo museums.
 
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