Author: Brian Balfour


2013-14 State Budget: Modest Spending Increase, Significant Legislative Changes

Nearly a month into the 2013-14 fiscal year, Gov. Pat McCrory is set to sign the state budget into law today. The budget spends a total of $20.6 billion, up about 2.5 percent from last year’s $20.18 billion budget, and would mark a 39 percent increase in the state budget over ten…


Tax Plan Quiz

After months of discussion and debate, a tax bill has finally been settled on in North Carolina. The legislation will continue to be a source of discussion in the coming months and years. But how much do you know about the details of the tax plan? Take this quiz and…


Moral Monday Protestors Quiz

There has been much discussion regarding the “Moral Monday” protesters and whether they are “representative” of North Carolina. This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of the demographic information of the protestors who have been arrested. All answers taken from the Civitas Institute’s database on the Moral Monday protestors.


HB 803: Healthy and High Levels of Micromanaging and Bureaucracy for Our Schools Act

House Bill 803, Healthy and High Performance Schools Act, is a lengthy bill filled with mind-numbing amounts of detail in an attempt to micro-manage the lives of schoolchildren. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), and Rep. Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg).…


Giving NC a Road Map

“Are we there yet?” Any parent who has taken long road trips with young children has likely heard that phrase countless times. To the children, the only thing that matters is how quickly they arrive at the destination. To the driver navigating the highways, off-ramps and country roads, however, how…


Social Issues in the States Quiz

Thus far, the Civitas quizzes have focused on North Carolina issues. This week, however, we decided to test your knowledge about legislation being passed in states around the country. Specifically, these questions deal with legislation addressing various social issues. These questions were taken from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Legislative Review:…


HB 208: Thinking Inside the Box

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week has the intention of removing a barrier to employment opportunities for people with a criminal record, but like previous Bad Bills relating to employment, this one has unintended consequences that must be pointed out. House Bill 208, Ban the Box, is sponsored by…


Civitas Quiz: Bills in 2013 Session

The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly will be coming to a close soon. How much do you know about the amount of legislative activity this year, as well as general knowledge of the structure of the General Assembly? Take the quiz now to find out!


FY 2013-14 House Budget Plan: Spending Similar to Senate, Differs on Tax Reform and School Choice

The North Carolina House unveiled its two year spending plan on Sunday night. Total spending for FY 2013-14 would come to $20.6 billion – virtually identical to the Senate’s budget proposal and Gov. McCrory’s budget released in March.


Civitas Quiz: North Carolina’s Sales Tax on Food

One of the oft-cited criticisms of the NC Senate’s tax reform plan is that it would extend the state sales tax to groceries. Observers may be interested, however, in testing their knowledge about North Carolina’s history with taxing food purchases.

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