Chris Hayes on Robby Kendall: 08/10/09
Raleigh, NC – In spite of House Speaker Joe Hackney’s (D-Orange) bold statement that “there is no pork in this budget” (WRAL 8/4/2009), the Civitas Institute has identified nearly $300 million in questionable appropriations for the fiscal year 2009-10 state budget.
The FY 2009-10 North Carolina $20.861 billion state budget plan (SB 202) soon to be voted on by the House and Senate will cost thousands of North Carolina jobs and disproportionately hurt the state’s working poor. “Don’t be fooled by the talk of a $19 billion spending plan. Many of the alleged state budget ‘cuts’ will actually be covered using federal stimulus and grant money,” said Civitas Institute Budget & Tax Policy Analyst Brian Balfour.
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The N.C. legislature is requesting funds for a Star Fleet Academy to be built at N.C. A&T University. Yes, the very same Star Fleet related to the Star Trek series. Want to see something funny? Then watch this parody. Trekkies, be forewarned.
As the deadline for passing a new budget nears one month overdue, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that an overwhelming majority of voters think legislators should stop getting paid until they complete their work on the state’s budget.
Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters would support a new law giving them the ability to recall elected officials according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the live caller poll of 600 voters, 64 percent would support a new law to allow voters to remove elected officials from office through a recall vote. Only 21 percent would oppose a new law. 15 percent were not sure.
As House and Senate budget negotiators appear to be inching towards a compromise revenue package to raise nearly $1 billion in new taxes, voters are overwhelmingly opposed to temporarily increasing the state sales tax by one cent to 7.75 percent.
If history is any judge, the current tax package soon to be approved by the Governor and General Assembly will harm the state’s ability to recover from the recession and will cost North Carolina jobs in future.
Chris Hayes on Robby Kendall - 07/14/09
Governor Bev Perdue's favorability with North Carolina voters continues to take a nosedive according to results of a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
The N.C. legislature is requesting funds for a "Mobile Barbershops Pilot Program." This is a complete waste of $100,000 in taxpayer dollars so we at Civitas have decided to create a video parodying the true hilarity of this bill.
While the President and Congress move full speed ahead on an overhaul of the nation’s health care system, it appears the administration’s demand for higher taxes for universal healthcare coverage is not widely supported by voters in North Carolina.