Author: Brian Balfour

Waste of the Week: The North Carolina Symphony

Waste of the Week: The North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony plays to audiences across the state. Shows vary in nature from holiday themes to child-friendly performances to movie scores. But one theme the Symphony consistently plays to taxpayers is “show me the money.” State taxpayers have supported the N.C. Symphony for several decades, with support of…

Waste of the Week: NC Wine and Grape Growers Council

Waste of the Week: NC Wine and Grape Growers Council

North Carolina is home to a thriving and growing wine industry. But did you also know that state taxpayers are forced to support the industry?

Waste of the Week:  Tryon Palace

Waste of the Week: Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace is a collection of historic buildings and museums that offer visitors a glimpse into North Carolina’s past. The site’s stated mission is to “engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-twentieth century by collecting, interpreting…

Under Obama, Labor Force Shrinks to Historic Lows

Under Obama, Labor Force Shrinks to Historic Lows

The labor force participation rate dropped from 62.8 to 62.7 percent in September – the lowest point in 37 years.

Waste of the Week: NC Biotechnology Center

Waste of the Week: NC Biotechnology Center

Now in its 30th year, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center uses taxpayer money in “support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.” More specifically, the Biotech Center describes what it does as follows: “We connect the company and university researchers; the funders and the small companies; the job…

Imagine NC Growing Without Handouts to Cronies

Imagine NC Growing Without Handouts to Cronies

Imagine with me for a moment what would happen if Gov. Pat McCrory’s office and state legislative leaders released the following joint statement regarding a special session to address economic development in North Carolina: The governor’s office and leaders of the General Assembly are today calling a special legislative session…

Waste of the Week: UNC-TV

Waste of the Week: UNC-TV

Teacher pay. Medicaid. These are perhaps the two most contentious spending items in this year’s state budget. But continuing to fly under the radar is taxpayer-funded television programming. UNC-TV was founded in 1955 when its flagship station in Chapel Hill first went on the air. The system is comprised of…

Waste of the Week: Earle Scruggs Center

Waste of the Week: Earle Scruggs Center

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence: Governments are instituted among men in order to secure man’s inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and banjo museums. Banjo museums? The Earle Scruggs Center is a museum located in Shelby, NC that showcases “the life story of legendary five-string banjo master and Cleveland…

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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