Author: Brian Balfour

 

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…

 

Brian Balfour Discusses Public Benefit Corporations [Jason Lewis Show]

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Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

“You get what you pay for” goes one popular old adage. And in North Carolina, it appears that we had for some time been paying to secure one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

 

How to Keep Poor People Poor

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state. Programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.? Perfect poverty traps. I would recognize that a perfect recipe for keeping poor people…

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About The 2013 North Carolina state legislative session was a memorable one. The passage of historic and long-overdue reforms to state taxes, election laws and education made headlines throughout the year. This article is not intended to recap those highly publicized…

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