Bad Bill of the Week

Bad Bill of the Week: Pork is on the Menu

Bad Bill of the Week: Pork is on the Menu

Wikipedia defines “pork barrel” spending as “the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative’s district.” Senate Bill 245, Exploration Station/Grassroots Science Funds, is sponsored by Sen. Jane W. Smith (D-Robeson) and fits perfectly into that definition. The bill would appropriate…

Bad Bill of the Week: Minimum Wage = Compulsory Unemployment

Bad Bill of the Week: Minimum Wage = Compulsory Unemployment

The laws of supply and demand can’t be suspended. Someone should tell that to the sponsors of Senate Bill 39, State Minimum Wage/Inflation Increases. Sponsored by Sens. Don Davis (D-Greene), Paul Lowe, Jr. (D-Forsyth) and Angela Bryant (D-Nash), this bill would raise the state’s minimum wage annually according to the…

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare is a Bipartisan Problem

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare is a Bipartisan Problem

Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg (R-Camden), but to be fair the bill garnered…

Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Significantly lower gas prices at the pump the last several months have put more money in the pockets of NC motorists. But because of the adjustable portion of the state gas tax, lower gas prices would also mean less money to state government coffers. Apparently, some state legislators can’t accept…

Bad Bill of the Week: Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Bad Bill of the Week: Restore Teaching Fellows Program

Facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall in 2011, the new Republican legislative majority eliminated $13.5 million in annual funding to the NC Teaching Fellows program. Now several legislators – all Democrats – have introduced a bill (House Bill 21, Restore Teaching Fellows Program) that restores $3.6 million in annual funding…

Waste of the Week: Museum of Natural Sciences

Waste of the Week: Museum of Natural Sciences

The Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh excitedly touts that “General Admission to all facilities is FREE!” But as the economist Milton Friedman famously taught us: there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The Natural Science Museum may be free to attendees, but it costs millions of taxpayer dollars…

2014 Bad Bill of the Year Winner

2014 Bad Bill of the Year Winner

In 2014, the Civitas Institute selected 10 Bad Bills of the Week. Last week, you had your chance to vote from these ten for the Bad Bill of the Year, and the winner is: HB 1192, Return to Five Year Vesting.

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.

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