Author: Brian Balfour

Waste of the Week: The Johnston County Express

Waste of the Week: The Johnston County Express

The Fortify 40/440 project is an NC DOT effort to re-build the southern part of the I-40 beltline. Naturally, a major highway construction project like this means lane closures and major traffic jams for commuters. In this case, however, it also means a waste of NC taxpayers’ money. In trying…

Waste of the Week: Taxpayer Funds to Benefit Rev. William Barber

Waste of the Week: Taxpayer Funds to Benefit Rev. William Barber

A Goldsboro-based organization headed by the Rev. William Barber this year received nearly $350,000 of your tax dollars. Yes, that William Barber – the ringleader of highly partisan political protests against the General Assembly the past few years. The protests were dubbed “Money Mondays” by the Civitas Institute after research…

TOP 5 IN ‘15

TOP 5 IN ‘15

Policies the NC General Assembly should address this session Today marks the opening day for the 2015 “long session” for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget. Following is a list of priorities the Civitas…

Waste of the Week: Museum of Natural Sciences

Waste of the Week: Museum of Natural Sciences

The Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh excitedly touts that “General Admission to all facilities is FREE!” But as the economist Milton Friedman famously taught us: there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The Natural Science Museum may be free to attendees, but it costs millions of taxpayer dollars…

Why Medicaid Expansion Won’t Boost Jobs

Why Medicaid Expansion Won’t Boost Jobs

Last week, yet another study claiming that expanding Medicaid in North Carolina will create tens of thousands of jobs was released and dutifully reported by the media. The findings of such studies, however, are based upon a fatally flawed assumption that Medicaid coverage equates to access to medical care. The…

Waste of the Week: Welcome Centers

Waste of the Week: Welcome Centers

North Carolina’s so-called Welcome Centers are indeed a welcome site for full-bladdered motorists in need of a pit stop. And the available maps and tourism brochures may come in handy for curious travelers as well. But are these facilities a “core function” of state government? Should taxpayers be forced to…

Waste of the Week: Kannapolis Research Center

Waste of the Week: Kannapolis Research Center

“I want to make this center the center of all the knowledge that you need, teaching you what to eat, how to eat, why to eat that way, how often to eat that way, what not to eat.”

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

By now, most of us have come to expect the left-wing bias of the Raleigh News & Observer. Part of that bias includes efforts to promote their chosen narrative by presenting questionable data while ignoring more relevant facts.

Waste of the Week: North Carolina Zoo

Waste of the Week: North Carolina Zoo

Lions, tigers, bears and 10 million taxpayer dollars, oh my! The North Carolina Zoo, celebrating its 40th year, is located in Asheboro on 2,200 acres of land. The zoo attracts about 700,000 visitors annually from all 100 counties in the state. Not only do visitors from every county across the…

Waste of the Week: Used Clothing Bin Inspections

Waste of the Week: Used Clothing Bin Inspections

During this holiday season, do you plan on donating some used clothing or other items to a local charity? If so, don’t be surprised to see a government bureaucrat with a ruler measuring the size of the writing on the side of the collection box. In North Carolina, like many…

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