Day care prices across the nation have been rising at a dramatic clip for years. In many cases, the cost to parents for a toddler in day care is more expensive than sending their teen to a high-quality private high school. But salaries for professional childcare workers – the largest expense of running a day […]
Civitas Institute's Brian Balfour is quoted in this news piece about Obamacare affecting small businesses.
Civitas recently hosted its October poll luncheon to discuss the results of the October statewide opinion poll. Some of the results have already been released to the general public, with more information to come. How much do you know about the pulse of North Carolina as it relates to political issues? To find out, take this week’s quiz.
The rollout of the Obamacare health insurance "exchanges" has been universally identified as a disaster. But how much do you know about the exchanges themselves? To test your knowledge, take this week’s quiz.
On October 8, Wake County voters will cast their votes on an $810 million bond dedicated to public school construction and renovation. To test your knowledge about this fiscal issue, take this week’s quiz.
Rob Christensen of the News & Observer recently published an article in which he claims to uncover “the truth” behind 10 “myths” about North Carolina state government. Disappointingly, Christensen gives short shrift to each point, and his “facts” are deliberately cherry-picked and incomplete in order to fit his preconceived narrative. Christensen does his readers a […]
The newly signed state budget spends $20.6 billion. Test your knowledge to see how much you know about this new budget.
Nearly a month into the 2013-14 fiscal year, Gov. Pat McCrory is set to sign the state budget into law today. The budget spends a total of $20.6 billion, up about 2.5 percent from last year’s $20.18 billion budget, and would mark a 39 percent increase in the state budget over ten years. Significant policy changes are […]
After months of discussion and debate, a tax bill has finally been settled on in North Carolina. The legislation will continue to be a source of discussion in the coming months and years. But how much do you know about the details of the tax plan? Take this quiz and find out!
There has been much discussion regarding the “Moral Monday” protesters and whether they are “representative” of North Carolina. This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of the demographic information of the protestors who have been arrested. All answers taken from the Civitas Institute’s database on the Moral Monday protestors.
House Bill 803, Healthy and High Performance Schools Act, is a lengthy bill filled with mind-numbing amounts of detail in an attempt to micro-manage the lives of schoolchildren. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), and Rep. Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg). A sampling of what is […]
“Are we there yet?” Any parent who has taken long road trips with young children has likely heard that phrase countless times. To the children, the only thing that matters is how quickly they arrive at the destination. To the driver navigating the highways, off-ramps and country roads, however, how the family arrives at the […]
Thus far, the Civitas quizzes have focused on North Carolina issues. This week, however, we decided to test your knowledge about legislation being passed in states around the country. Specifically, these questions deal with legislation addressing various social issues. These questions were taken from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Legislative Review: Social Issues Quiz.
This week’s Bad Bill of the Week has the intention of removing a barrier to employment opportunities for people with a criminal record, but like previous Bad Bills relating to employment, this one has unintended consequences that must be pointed out. House Bill 208, Ban the Box, is sponsored by Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), Garland Pierce […]