It is Tuesday, August 18. Members of the Wake County Taxpayers Association (WCTA) sit across from Ken Bowers, Raleigh’s chief planner, and Dan Becker, the city’s long range planning manager. The two groups have met at Millbrook Exchange Park in North Raleigh to discuss the city’s rezoning and long-term planning…
Television programming by no means can fit into a sensible person’s definition of “core services” of government. UNC-TV has been supported by roughly $9 million of taxpayer funds per year in the last few years.
This installment will focus on local projects that should be handled by local governments – if at all – and not paid for with state tax dollars. Such localized projects are often called “pork barrel” projects because they force state taxpayers to finance local projects.
North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing Tryon Palace to the tune of millions of dollars annually for years. Categorized in the Department of Cultural Resources in the state budget, the Palace received $3 million in taxpayer funds last year, offset by less than $400,000 in receipts.
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.
Recommendations for the 2015 Budget Negotiations 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…