Author: Brian Balfour

Waste of the Week: Folklife Grants

Waste of the Week: Folklife Grants

State government in NC is “cut to the bone” say progressive liberals. There is barely enough money to administer the “core functions” of government, goes the argument. So does this mean that the production of “folklife” documentaries is a core function of government? The North Carolina Arts Council, housed in…

Waste of the Week

Waste of the Week

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Teacher Pay, Corporate Welfare and Banjo Museums

Teacher Pay, Corporate Welfare and Banjo Museums

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the 2014-15 NC Budget. News accounts of the recently-passed $21.1 billion General Fund budget focus primarily on the teacher pay raise provided by budget writers. There is much more, however, included in the North Carolina budget worthy of mention. Some of it…

Barber’s ‘Morality’ Based on Government Violence

Barber’s ‘Morality’ Based on Government Violence

Recent comments from Rev. William Barber, self-appointed spokesman for the “Moral Monday” protests and leader of the NC state chapter of the NAACP, confirm that his vision for society endorses an aggressive use of violence against innocent individuals, and seeks to negate morality itself. At a convention of far-left activists…

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing the Taxpayer’s Burden for Unfunded State Pension Liability

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing the Taxpayer’s Burden for Unfunded State Pension Liability

According to the most recent report available, North Carolina’s main pension fund for retired state employees is strapped with a $3.7 billion unfunded liability. This growing liability means taxpayers must pony up an increasing amount of funds to cover the costs of promised benefits to retirees. In FY 2013, taxpayers…

Bad Bill of the Week: Bringing Back Job-Killing Taxes

Bad Bill of the Week: Bringing Back Job-Killing Taxes

Last year’s state tax reform lowered income tax rates for all working North Carolinians. The lower rates make North Carolina more competitive for jobs and stimulate economic growth. Less than a year after the reform’s passage, however, several lawmakers drafted a bill to sabotage part of the tax cuts that…

Bad Bill of the Week: Senators Want You to Fund Pork Project

Bad Bill of the Week: Senators Want You to Fund Pork Project

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is certainly a "pork barrel" of a bill.

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

A new interim report released Monday introduces a new state government efficiency initiative in the governor’s budget office and highlights several measures already undertaken by state agencies to improve effectiveness.

Bad Bill of the Week:  Violating our Freedom of Association

Bad Bill of the Week: Violating our Freedom of Association

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week involves state legislators trying yet again to interject themselves into the voluntary association between employee and employer. Senate Bill 855, titled “No Employer Discrimination for Reproductive Health Decisions” does pretty much what the title says. Sponsored by Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham), the bill…

Bad Bill of the Week: Trapping Your Kids in Failing Schools

Bad Bill of the Week: Trapping Your Kids in Failing Schools

Imagine the important things in your life: your spouse, your home, your favorite football team. What do they all have in common? You were able to choose them, not have them assigned to you by the political class. So when it comes to the important issue of children’s education, why…

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