Other items that should be eliminated via the budget are targeted tax credits. Such tax credits single out specific industries or businesses to enable them to avoid paying certain taxes or pay a far lower rate than the legally established rate that other enterprises must pay.
This specific article addresses one of the largest sticking points between the House and Senate budget plans: funding for teacher assistants vs. smaller class sizes.
Our latest article in the series “Cut This, Go Home” focuses on state budget funding for The Support Center, a “Moral Monday” supporter that funnels taxpayers’ money into risky loans.
A new Civitas Poll of registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters shows that an overwhelming majority of them support an amendment to the state Constitution which would require a vote of two-thirds majority of both houses of the legislature to approve all income tax rate increases.
If a federal judge chooses to block any of the key provisions of North Carolina’s new election reform law, any sense of security will be removed from North Carolina's election process once again.
North Carolinians are forced to pay twice to prop up the state’s renewable energy lobby: once in the form of higher taxes and again for higher electric bills to support a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS). Political patronage runs rampant while ratepayers, taxpayers and the state’s economy suffer.
Recent Civitas research looked at how school choice in Wake Forest might affect the community's growth, and the findings do suggest such educational options may promote the local economy.
The theme that state government is somehow starved of revenue because the pace of revenue growth has fallen off recently due to the recession and sluggish recovery fails to address the big picture, namely: What did North Carolina’s budget growth look like before the economic crash?