Budget & Taxes

Cut This, Go Home:   Eliminate Local, “Pork” Projects From State Budget

Cut This, Go Home: Eliminate Local, “Pork” Projects From State Budget

This installment will focus on local projects that should be handled by local governments – if at all – and not paid for with state tax dollars. Such localized projects are often called “pork barrel” projects because they force state taxpayers to finance local projects.

Cut This, Go Home:   Millions Going to Tourist Destination

Cut This, Go Home: Millions Going to Tourist Destination

North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing Tryon Palace to the tune of millions of dollars annually for years. Categorized in the Department of Cultural Resources in the state budget, the Palace received $3 million in taxpayer funds last year, offset by less than $400,000 in receipts.

Cut This, Go Home

Cut This, Go Home

Civitas is providing a series of recommendations for how to trim the state budget so that legislators can come to an agreement and go home. To access these articles, CLICK HERE

Cut This, Go Home:   Eliminate Targeted Tax Credits, Film Subsidy

Cut This, Go Home: Eliminate Targeted Tax Credits, Film Subsidy

Other items that should be eliminated via the budget are targeted tax credits. Such tax credits single out specific industries or businesses to enable them to avoid paying certain taxes or pay a far lower rate than the legally established rate that other enterprises must pay.

Cut This, Go Home:  Reducing TA’s in Favor of Smaller Classes Is a Wise Investment

Cut This, Go Home: Reducing TA’s in Favor of Smaller Classes Is a Wise Investment

This specific article addresses one of the largest sticking points between the House and Senate budget plans: funding for teacher assistants vs. smaller class sizes.

Cut This, Go Home: Taxpayer Funding for Moral Monday Activist Group

Cut This, Go Home: Taxpayer Funding for Moral Monday Activist Group

Our latest article in the series “Cut This, Go Home” focuses on state budget funding for The Support Center, a “Moral Monday” supporter that funnels taxpayers’ money into risky loans.

Cut This, Go Home: Biotech Center

Cut This, Go Home: Biotech Center

Recommendations for the 2015 Budget Negotiations As budget negotiations for the long-overdue 2015 North Carolina state budget continue, the Civitas Institute would like to remind legislators and taxpayers about opportunities to save real money in the budget – which will enable negotiators to come to an agreement once and for…

Civitas Poll: Voters Want Tax Protection

Civitas Poll: Voters Want Tax Protection

A new Civitas Poll of registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters shows that an overwhelming majority of them support an amendment to the state Constitution which would require a vote of two-thirds majority of both houses of the legislature to approve all income tax rate increases.

Spending Binges Underlie Budget Woes

Spending Binges Underlie Budget Woes

The theme that state government is somehow starved of revenue because the pace of revenue growth has fallen off recently due to the recession and sluggish recovery fails to address the big picture, namely: What did North Carolina’s budget growth look like before the economic crash?

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

This week the NC Senate approved a Taxpayer Protection Act that would enact restraints on the annual growth rate of the state budget. Although different from Colorado's (TABOR) in many important regards, we are re-posting this 2011 article that thoroughly debunks the left's primary claims about Colorado's TABOR experience.

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