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Author: Andrew Henson


Much Ado About Taxes…

It is a taxing business to bring about fiscal policy reform. However, in the context of an unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, North Carolina needs to consider how to defibrillate a stagnant economy and usher in new jobs to the state.


Resources over Retribution: Criminal Sentencing under Tom Ross

Twenty years ago, state prison populations forced the North Carolina Department of Corrections to effectively "legalize misdemeanors." Many existing prisoners were released to be free long before their sentences had required.


Ferry Investigation Prompts ‘Sink or Swim’ Moment

In case you were in the camp that believed that $41 million was an obscenely large annual budget to run a Ferry system that takes in around $2.5 million a year, recent investigations into wrongdoings and increased public attention may cause the Ferry Divisions finances to go under some long…


Andrew Henson Dukes It Out

Andrew Henson with the Civitas Institute talks about his article on the new UNC System President Thomas Ross and goes toe-to-toe with Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch on Ross's affiliations and speedy confirmation.


Ross speedily confirmed as President of UNC System, ACORN ties and all

At a hastily convened meeting on August 26th, The UNC Board of Governors voted to appoint Thomas Ross as the next President of the more than 200,000 students and more than 30,000 staff of the university system. While relatively unknown by most state residents, Ross is well known by the…


SB 1441: Broadband, the New Welfare

The multitude of pricey welfare programs burdening our nation continues to grow, and SB 1441 enables North Carolina to participate in one of the most recent of these federal programs: Lifeline Online, which affords substantial discounts on broadband Internet service costs to welfare-participating families. This program allows welfare recipients to…


2010 Legislative Session Summary

The 2010 North Carolina Legislative Session has come to an abrupt close, leaving behind a mixed bag of new laws and a slew of serious problems that have yet to be resolved by our government. The major themes of this legislative session were tax incentives and ethics bills, although there…


Lotto Mixed Messages – H.B. 80

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3. Do as I say, not as I do: so sayeth House Bill 80, a bill that outlaws electronic gambling in our state. This bill…


H.B. 1404: Naturopathic Doctors Face Deadly Dose of Regulation

HB 1404 would allow Raleigh to control yet another area of the private sector that would function just fine without it. Anyone unlicensed in naturopathic medicine after this bill comes into effect will be guilty of a Class I Felony. In addition to governmental regulation, this licensure act comes with…


S.B. 178 Threatens Right to Work, Would Deepen NC’s Fiscal Crisis

Senate Bill 178 attempts to do away with the General Statute that prohibits collective bargaining between labor unions and government. This bill would open the gates to a flood of union activists that would hold our government hostage with a series of mandates through collective bargaining. These mandates would stymie…

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