Author: Brian Balfour

 

Senate Budget Plan Includes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in State History

Senate Budget Plan Includes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in State History North Carolina’s state Senate last night released its proposed changes to the second year of the 2013-15 biennial budget. The Senate’s changes would increase previously-approved spending by less than one percent to a total of $21.16 billion. The Senate…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 1142 – Handout to Hollywood Cronies

Do you think your taxes are too high? Would like a tax break? Well, some NC legislators are happy to give you a big tax break – if you are a big Hollywood film studio. For years, North Carolina politicians have been tugging on the Armani suits of Hollywood execs…

State Occupational Licensing Boards and Commissions

State Occupational Licensing Boards and Commissions

Professional licensing boards are prevalent in states across the country, and pretend to be consumer protection agencies. But in reality, such Boards were established as – and continue to be – political tools to protect the current class of professionals and businesses from competition. Rules requiring professional licensing make it…

 

Bad Bill Of The Week: SB 783: Paging Jim Black

In politics, it seems, bad ideas never die. This week’s Bad Bill of the Week – the first for the 2014 session – dredges up the type of legislative scheme that previously landed a state legislator in prison. Senate Bill 783, sponsored by Ralph Hise (R-Madison), Establish Chiropractor Co-Pay Parity,…

 

McCrory Focuses on Teacher Pay, Avoids Tax Increases in Budget Adjustments

McCrory Focuses on Teacher Pay, Avoids Tax Increases in Budget Adjustments North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday unveiled his recommended budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The governor’s plan would make changes to the second year of the two-year state budget plan passed last year. McCrory’s adjustments would result…

Top 5 in ’14: What The Legislature Should Be Doing This Session

Top 5 in ’14: What The Legislature Should Be Doing This Session

The state legislature is back in session this week. The consensus around th e state capital is that this year’s “short session” will live up to its name. But just because legislators won’t be in town for very long doesn’t mean they shouldn’t address some important issues. Following is a…

 

Real Justice: Keeping What You Earn

With April 15 behind us, North Carolina taxpayers can look forward to a new era, because 2013 will be the final year of the state’s “progressive” income tax. Good riddance! For not only does research and sound economic theory demonstrate that progressive income taxes harm economic growth, but justifications of…

 

The N&O’s “Budget Disaster” Narrative Highly Misleading

The N&O and their progressive allies have been going to great lengths to make hay over the recently reported projections of a $455 million shortfall of state budget revenue this fiscal year. But why is the newspaper making such a fuss this year, when many recent state budgets missed their…

 

The Left Lies About Growing Paychecks in NC

North Carolina’s historic 2013 tax reform is once again under attack, and once again the critics are using misleading claims and false narratives to deceive the public. Based on a flawed report produced by the NC Justice Center’s Budget & Tax Center, new ads falsely claim that most North Carolinians…

 

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…

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