Author: Brian Balfour


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…


Nanny State Increases Day Care Costs

Day care prices across the nation have been rising at a dramatic clip for years. In many cases, the cost to parents for a toddler in day care is more expensive than sending their teen to a high-quality private high school. But salaries for professional childcare workers – the largest…


Affordable Care Act Affecting Small Businesses

Civitas Institute's Brian Balfour is quoted in this news piece about Obamacare affecting small businesses.


October Poll Quiz

Civitas recently hosted its October poll luncheon to discuss the results of the October statewide opinion poll. Some of the results have already been released to the general public, with more information to come. How much do you know about the pulse of North Carolina as it relates to political…


Obamacare Exchange Quiz

The rollout of the Obamacare health insurance "exchanges" has been universally identified as a disaster. But how much do you know about the exchanges themselves? To test your knowledge, take this week’s quiz.


Wake County Bond Quiz

On October 8, Wake County voters will cast their votes on an $810 million bond dedicated to public school construction and renovation. To test your knowledge about this fiscal issue, take this week’s quiz.


Isn’t a “Myth” Supposed to be Untrue?

Rob Christensen of the News & Observer recently published an article in which he claims to uncover “the truth” behind 10 “myths” about North Carolina state government. Disappointingly, Christensen gives short shrift to each point, and his “facts” are deliberately cherry-picked and incomplete in order to fit his preconceived narrative.…


Civitas Quiz: North Carolina’s FY 2013-14 State Budget

The newly signed state budget spends $20.6 billion. Test your knowledge to see how much you know about this new budget.

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