Author: Brian Balfour

Bad Bill of the Week: 10 Reasons the House Budget is a Bad Bill

Bad Bill of the Week: 10 Reasons the House Budget is a Bad Bill

Not only does the House budget exceed sensible measures of spending restraint, it is packed with unnecessary pork spending and handouts to well-heeled corporate cronies.

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing Fees on Barbers

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing Fees on Barbers

States should be seeking legislation to peel back burdensome and often unnecessary occupational licensing laws. Unfortunately, HB 191/SB 623 doubles down on this harmful practice and makes the burden even heavier.

Bad Bill of the Week: A Second Helping of Pork

Bad Bill of the Week: A Second Helping of Pork

Two months ago, we featured as a Bad Bill of the Week HB 245, which was a bill that would funnel state taxpayer funds to a local children’s museum in the bill sponsor’s district. Similarly, House Bill 416 Sampson County History Museum Funds, would direct state tax dollars to a…

Ten Democrat Tax Hikes That Slammed NC Families

Ten Democrat Tax Hikes That Slammed NC Families

A sample of tax increases approved by Democrat-controlled legislatures that imposed a heavier tax burden – especially on lower- and middle-class households -- exposes the Left's hypocritical budget spin.

Bad Bill of the Week: Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

Bad Bill of the Week: Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

Would it be okay if citizens were forced to vote for a candidate against their will? Of course not. So why do certain NC legislators think it okay to force citizens to financially support candidates against their will? This week's Bad Bill of the Week would impose this unjust mandate.

Interested in Austrian Economics?

Interested in Austrian Economics?

Now you can learn the school of economic thought that politicians, mainstream economic professors and Paul Krugman don’t want you to know about - right in the palm of your hand. The Civitas Institute’s Austrian Economics app is now available for free download in Google Play and the iTunes store.

Bad Bill of the Week: More Government Meddling in the Workplace

Bad Bill of the Week: More Government Meddling in the Workplace

In a free society, employers and employees voluntarily agree to the terms of their relationship. Unfortunately, House Bill 816, Labor/Provide Relief for Caregivers, would further inject government into the employer/employee agreement.

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers.

Bill Could Be Win-Win for NC

Bill Could Be Win-Win for NC

Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs. House Bill 681, the NC Energy Ratepayers Protection Act, does just that.

Bad Bill of the Week: Statewide Forced Busing

Bad Bill of the Week: Statewide Forced Busing

Five years ago, in response to a groundswell of parental complaints, Wake County schools finally ended its long-running policy of forced busing. Wake had long been one of a few remaining holdouts still clinging to this failed experiment that disrupted so many lives. But Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover), would…

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