Author: Brian Balfour

  • Donations to State Treasurer Raise Red Flags

    A similar version of this article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer Janet Cowell’s primary responsibility as State Treasurer is to oversee the pension fund for retired North Carolina teachers and state employees. So why does her campaign receive so many contributions from far-away states like New York, Pennsylvania and California? Didn’t Cowell learn anything […]

  • Medicaid Reform

    This is the final installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful state budget reform for North Carolina. This article focuses on much-needed reform to the state’s Medicaid program that could offer enrollees more options while saving millions of taxpayer dollars. A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension […]

  • State Health Plan for Employees and Retirees Reform

    This is the third installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful state budget reform for North Carolina. This article focuses on the growing and unsustainable health insurance benefits provided to state government employees and retirees A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension System State Health Plan for […]

  • Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension System

    This is the second installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful budget reform for North Carolina. This article addresses an issue causing financial stress to states across the nation: the pension plan for government retirees. A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension System State Health Plan for […]

  • A Blueprint for Budget Reform

    The following article is the first installment of a four-part series tackling the issue of long-overdue budget reform in North Carolina. This article outlines some broad measures that would provide much-need checks and restraints on state budget growth, while the following three articles detail more specific reforms that could save hardworking North Carolina taxpayers billions […]

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  • State Budget Increases Spending by Half a Billion Over Last Year

    For the second year in a row, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state budget approved by the General Assembly. And also for the second straight year, the General Assembly garnered the three-fifths majority vote in both chambers needed to override her veto. The final FY 2012-13 state budget bill tweaks the second year of the […]

  • Don’t Forget About the Other Taxes in Obamacare

    The big debate about whether Obamacare imposes a “penalty” or a “tax” for not buying health insurance shouldn’t blind us to a much more expensive problem: the half-a-trillion dollars Americans will be paying with 19 new or higher taxes in the health care takeover. Much was made about last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring […]

  • How to Get NC’s Economy On Track

    This article originally appeared in the Charlotte Business Journal. North Carolina can improve its dismal 9.4% unemployment rate – currently fourth worst in the nation. To understand what that takes, however, requires an understanding of what makes a state’s economy thrive relative to those of other states. States that thrive are the ones with the […]

  • When is a job not really a ‘created’ one?

    This article first appeared in the Fayetteville Observer on June 21. It’s easy to understand why Jane would be so excited about the new economic development project in her town. She is unemployed. Luckily, Jane’s husband still has his job, but his income is not enough to support them and their two young children. Jane […]

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  • HB 1149: Do the Central Planners Ever Learn?

    “Government should encourage mortgage lenders to make risky loans to an ‘underserved’ population; loans that wouldn’t otherwise be made without political pressure or incentives.” Does that sound like federal policies of the last decade that in large part gave rise to the housing bubble, the bursting of which prompted our economy to spiral into the […]

  • House Budget Plan: The Rest of the Story

    Last Friday, Civitas analyzed the budget proposals put forth by the five major state General Fund appropriation committees that make up the majority of the General Fund. The analysis found plans that would increase spending in those agencies by $436 million above the spending level approved for the coming budget year in last year’s biennial […]

  • State Government Price Tag Soaring

    Is your family budget being pinched by the rising cost of living? Gas, food and utilities taking a bigger bite out of your wallet? If you’re like me, you are reminded every trip to the grocery store, every stop at the gas station and every month when the bills are due that your paycheck just […]

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