Author: Brian Balfour

  • The Myth of ‘Trickle-Down Economics’

    Pop quiz: what do you do when you are a politician who finds himself incapable of debating the merits of an opposing viewpoint? Answer: invent a viewpoint no one holds, critique that viewpoint, and claim intellectual victory. That’s what happens when politicians talk about “trickle-down economics” – when in fact the truth is exactly the […]

  • Brian Balfour Discusses Public Benefit Corporations [Jason Lewis Show]

  • Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

    “You get what you pay for” goes one popular old adage. And in North Carolina, it appears that we had for some time been paying to secure one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

  • How to Keep Poor People Poor

    If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state. Programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.? Perfect poverty traps. I would recognize that a perfect recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives […]

  • Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

    Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About The 2013 North Carolina state legislative session was a memorable one. The passage of historic and long-overdue reforms to state taxes, election laws and education made headlines throughout the year. This article is not intended to recap those highly publicized laws, but rather is an […]

  • Hagan on Defensive over Healthcare Fallout [ABC11]

  • Nanny State Increases Day Care Costs

    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 […]

  • Affordable Care Act Affecting Small Businesses

    Civitas Institute's Brian Balfour is quoted in this news piece about Obamacare affecting small businesses.

  • October Poll Quiz

    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.

  • Obamacare Exchange 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.

  • Wake County Bond 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.

  • Isn’t a “Myth” Supposed to be Untrue?

    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 […]

  • Civitas Quiz: North Carolina’s FY 2013-14 State Budget

    The newly signed state budget spends $20.6 billion. Test your knowledge to see how much you know about this new budget.

  • 2013-14 State Budget: Modest Spending Increase, Significant Legislative Changes

    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 […]

  • Tax Plan Quiz

    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!

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