Author: Brian Balfour

Spending Binges Underlie Budget Woes

Spending Binges Underlie Budget Woes

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?

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

This week the NC Senate approved a Taxpayer Protection Act that would enact restraints on the annual growth rate of the state budget. Although different from Colorado's (TABOR) in many important regards, we are re-posting this 2011 article that thoroughly debunks the left's primary claims about Colorado's TABOR experience.

Bad Bill of the Week: Central Planners Never Learn

Bad Bill of the Week: Central Planners Never Learn

The New Market Jobs Act is designed to encourage investments that would be too risky without the granting of political privilege in the form of a tax credit. The goal, of course, is to encourage more investment in low-income areas, just as federal policies in the last decade encouraged mortgage…

Renewable Mandates Causing NC Energy Rates to Rise Faster than Regional, National Averages

Renewable Mandates Causing NC Energy Rates to Rise Faster than Regional, National Averages

Passage of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) in North Carolina in 2007 contributed to North Carolina’s electricity rates rising more than twice as rapidly as national and regional averages. An examination of the data shows that in the six years prior to 2007, North Carolina’s electricity rates rose far…

Bad Bill of the Week: Welfare in the Tax Code

Bad Bill of the Week: Welfare in the Tax Code

Not content to wreak havoc on the economy and destroy people’s lives through traditional welfare programs, some North Carolina legislators want to re-introduce yet another welfare program through the tax code.

Bad Bill of the Week: ‘Soak the Rich,’ Drown the Poor

Bad Bill of the Week: ‘Soak the Rich,’ Drown the Poor

Reinstating a top rate of 7.75 percent on the state’s personal income tax would once again give North Carolina the highest top income tax rate in the Southeast, and one of the highest in the nation. Why do these legislators want to go back to the failed policies of the…

Senate Releases More Conservative Budget Plan

Senate Releases More Conservative Budget Plan

Senate Budget Spends Nearly $700M Less than House, Cuts Taxes, Issues No Debt, Sets More Aside for Rainy Day, Trims Cronyism

 

New Tax Reforms Would Boost NC

The Civitas Institute applauds Senate leadership for introducing further tax reform this afternoon that will continue to bolster North Carolina’s economy and job creation.

Questioning the Narrative of “Underfunded” Public Schools in Low-Income Areas

Questioning the Narrative of “Underfunded” Public Schools in Low-Income Areas

The narrative of public schools in low-income areas being starved of resources is well worn and unquestioned in education policy circles. A closer look at the data, however, shows poor counties receive higher levels of education funding.

Bad Bill of the Week: Government Force Interjected Into Work Agreements

Bad Bill of the Week: Government Force Interjected Into Work Agreements

The amount of paid sick time employers offer their workers is none of the government’s business. Mutually agreed upon terms of employment should not be criminalized.

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