Author: Brian Balfour

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…

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…

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