Author: Brian Balfour

EPA Rules Would Choke NC’s Economy

EPA Rules Would Choke NC’s Economy

Gas prices fell below $2.00 a gallon in much of state this month, providing North Carolinians with some extra cash in their pockets to pay off those Christmas credit card bills. Don’t get used to the extra cash, however. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of implementing…

Waste of the Week: North Carolina Global Transpark

Waste of the Week: North Carolina Global Transpark

Call it North Carolina’s money pit. The North Carolina Global Transpark (GTP) in Kinston describes itself as “a 2,500-acre industrial/airport site situated strategically in Eastern North Carolina.” Located about 30 miles south of Greenville, GTP is a state-subsidized economic development project largely consisting of industrial buildings, airplane hangars and runways.…

EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Drive Up Electricity Costs

EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Drive Up Electricity Costs

New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civitas Institute. The study…

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.”

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