Author: Brian Balfour

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that – in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both houses of the General Assembly – North…

Waste of the Week: Swat-a-Litterbug

Waste of the Week: Swat-a-Litterbug

It wouldn’t make much sense to buy beer for alcoholics in an effort to reduce alcoholism. So why is the state using tax dollars to mail garbage to suspected litterers? That’s the nature of the state Department of Transportation’s “Swat-a-Litterbug” program. The program features a hotline for citizens to report…

Waste of the Week:  House Chamber Makeover

Waste of the Week: House Chamber Makeover

Last week visitors to the State Legislative Building in Raleigh were greeted with loud noises that left even well-informed legislators scratching their heads. The noises were coming from a renovation project of the House chamber – where the full House convenes to debate and vote on bills. According to news…

Waste of the Week: Grassroots Science Museums

Waste of the Week: Grassroots Science Museums

The North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative is a partnership of children’s museums spread across the state. The museums receive taxpayer funding through a series of grants distributed through the Department of Environmental Resources.

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…

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