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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.