Budget & Taxes

Small-town NC Case Shows Federal Overreach

Small-town NC Case Shows Federal Overreach

Last summer, the IRS seized $107,000 from Lyndon McLellan, who owns a convenience store in Robeson County. He was never accused of criminal activity. Instead, he was ensnared in a law designed to catch drug lords, not honest business people.

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers.

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan. The total state budget proposed by McCrory just for the first…

TOP 5 IN ‘15

TOP 5 IN ‘15

Policies the NC General Assembly should address this session Today marks the opening day for the 2015 “long session” for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget. Following is a list of priorities the Civitas…

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

By now, most of us have come to expect the left-wing bias of the Raleigh News & Observer. Part of that bias includes efforts to promote their chosen narrative by presenting questionable data while ignoring more relevant facts.

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate. In October 2013, Wake County voters approved an $810 million bond referendum to finance new schools and repairs.  Now, little over a year later, community leaders are saying that…

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that – in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both houses of the General Assembly – North…

Time to Slow Down the Runaway Solar Train

Time to Slow Down the Runaway Solar Train

Trains are notoriously hard to slow down – even when we need them to. North Carolina’s solar subsidies, some of the most generous in the nation, are sort of like a runaway train that just keeps moving forward. Maybe now is the time to tap the brakes. With the intention…

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

A new interim report released Monday introduces a new state government efficiency initiative in the governor’s budget office and highlights several measures already undertaken by state agencies to improve effectiveness.

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

The North Carolina House released its budget plan for FY 2014-15, which would spend $21.09 billion. The total would be a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s budget. The total also would be $98 million more than what was approved in last year’s biennial budget. The House budget…

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