Author: Brian Balfour

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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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.

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