Bad Bill of the Week

2014 Bad Bill of The Year Tournament

2014 Bad Bill of The Year Tournament

In 2014, the Civitas Institute selected 10 Bad Bills of the Week. Now it is time for you to vote on the Bad Bill of the Year. First, learn more about the nominees by clicking on the bill titles listed below for a brief bill description and a link to…

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing the Taxpayer’s Burden for Unfunded State Pension Liability

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing the Taxpayer’s Burden for Unfunded State Pension Liability

According to the most recent report available, North Carolina’s main pension fund for retired state employees is strapped with a $3.7 billion unfunded liability. This growing liability means taxpayers must pony up an increasing amount of funds to cover the costs of promised benefits to retirees. In FY 2013, taxpayers…

Bad Bill of the Week: Bringing Back Job-Killing Taxes

Bad Bill of the Week: Bringing Back Job-Killing Taxes

Last year’s state tax reform lowered income tax rates for all working North Carolinians. The lower rates make North Carolina more competitive for jobs and stimulate economic growth. Less than a year after the reform’s passage, however, several lawmakers drafted a bill to sabotage part of the tax cuts that…

Bad Bill of the Week: Senators Want You to Fund Pork Project

Bad Bill of the Week: Senators Want You to Fund Pork Project

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is certainly a "pork barrel" of a bill.

Bad Bill of the Week: Reversing Positive Election Reforms

Bad Bill of the Week: Reversing Positive Election Reforms

In this year’s legislative session Democratic legislators have submitted several bills that attempt to roll back sections of last year’s landmark election reform legislation (the Voter Identification Verification Act – VIVA), and this week’s Bad Bill highlights one of them. House Bill 1239, titled “An Act to Restore the Full…

Bad Bill of the Week:  Violating our Freedom of Association

Bad Bill of the Week: Violating our Freedom of Association

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week involves state legislators trying yet again to interject themselves into the voluntary association between employee and employer. Senate Bill 855, titled “No Employer Discrimination for Reproductive Health Decisions” does pretty much what the title says. Sponsored by Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham), the bill…

Bad Bill of the Week: Trapping Your Kids in Failing Schools

Bad Bill of the Week: Trapping Your Kids in Failing Schools

Imagine the important things in your life: your spouse, your home, your favorite football team. What do they all have in common? You were able to choose them, not have them assigned to you by the political class. So when it comes to the important issue of children’s education, why…

Bad Bill of the Week:  Destroying Job Opportunities for NC’s Working Poor

Bad Bill of the Week: Destroying Job Opportunities for NC’s Working Poor

This week’s Bad Bill is thankfully just a joint resolution, but is important to spotlight as it advocates a topic that continues to be hotly debated both here in NC and nationwide. SJR 838, sponsored by Sens. Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth) , Don Davis (D-Greene) and  Angela Bryant (D-Halifax) is a…

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 730 – Medicaid Expansion

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 730 – Medicaid Expansion

This week’s bad bill would subject half a million North Carolinians to an already overcrowded Medicaid system and strain its already skyrocketing and bloated budget. Senate Bill 730, sponsored by Sens. Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) and Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), would expand the eligibility guidelines for North Carolina’s Medicaid program to 133% of federal poverty guidelines, as…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 1142 – Handout to Hollywood Cronies

Do you think your taxes are too high? Would like a tax break? Well, some NC legislators are happy to give you a big tax break – if you are a big Hollywood film studio. For years, North Carolina politicians have been tugging on the Armani suits of Hollywood execs…

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