Author: Brian Balfour

Bad Bill of the Week:  Violating our Freedom of Association

Bad Bill of the Week: Violating our Freedom of Association

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week involves state legislators trying yet again to interject themselves into the voluntary association between employee and employer. Senate Bill 855, titled “No Employer Discrimination for Reproductive Health Decisions” does pretty much what the title says. Sponsored by Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham), the bill…

Bad Bill of the Week: Trapping Your Kids in Failing Schools

Bad Bill of the Week: Trapping Your Kids in Failing Schools

Imagine the important things in your life: your spouse, your home, your favorite football team. What do they all have in common? You were able to choose them, not have them assigned to you by the political class. So when it comes to the important issue of children’s education, why…

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

The North Carolina House released its budget plan for FY 2014-15, which would spend $21.09 billion. The total would be a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s budget. The total also would be $98 million more than what was approved in last year’s biennial budget. The House budget…

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Demands Would Increase Taxes by $4,000 Per Family of Four As more information becomes available about the demands of the “Moral Monday” protestors, and their leaders in the state chapter of the NAACP, the price tag for their wish list grows exponentially. Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to…

Money Monday, pt. II: How Much Will the “Moral Monday” Protestors’ Demands Cost You?

Money Monday, pt. II: How Much Will the “Moral Monday” Protestors’ Demands Cost You?

Nearly $3 Billion Now, Figure Would Grow Over Time The “Moral Monday” protestors, led by the state chapter of the NAACP, have a list of demands that, if implemented, would cost North Carolina taxpayers nearly $3 billion dollars now. That figure would likely grow each year going forward as government…

Bad Bill of the Week:  Destroying Job Opportunities for NC’s Working Poor

Bad Bill of the Week: Destroying Job Opportunities for NC’s Working Poor

This week’s Bad Bill is thankfully just a joint resolution, but is important to spotlight as it advocates a topic that continues to be hotly debated both here in NC and nationwide. SJR 838, sponsored by Sens. Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth) , Don Davis (D-Greene) and  Angela Bryant (D-Halifax) is a…

Here’s What Real Tax Increases Look Like

Here’s What Real Tax Increases Look Like

Progressive protestors, including “Moral Monday” demonstrators, have for roughly the past year voiced their opposition to a supposed state “tax increase” passed last year. Specifically, they gripe that the landmark 2013 North Carolina tax reform – which lowered income tax rates on all income levels – actually results in a…

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 730 – Medicaid Expansion

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 730 – Medicaid Expansion

This week’s bad bill would subject half a million North Carolinians to an already overcrowded Medicaid system and strain its already skyrocketing and bloated budget. Senate Bill 730, sponsored by Sens. Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) and Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), would expand the eligibility guidelines for North Carolina’s Medicaid program to 133% of federal poverty guidelines, as…

 

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…

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