Economy

 

Analyzing the State Legislative District Polling – Part 2: Is It Just “The Economy, Stupid”?

Most everyone assumes the economy and unemployment are the two most important issues in deciding the elections this year, but are those the only issues that matter to voters?  In Part 2, we sort through the numbers to find out.

 

Wage Gap Between State Government and Private Sector Workers Doubles

As North Carolina struggles with double-digit unemployment and stagnant wages, the wage gap between state government employees and private sector workers doubled over the last decade, according to an analysis released today by the Civitas Institute.

 

North Carolina’s Growing Income Gap

There is a widening gap between two major classes of income earners in North Carolina. In the modern-day version of the "haves" versus the "have-nots," state government workers earn significantly more in wages and benefits than North Carolina's private sector workers. Indeed, the wage gap between state government employees and…

 

Municipal Government Workforce Thrives While Private Sector Struggles

The number of local government workers at the municipal level in North Carolina grew at nearly twice the rate of private sector workers, and also outpaced the state’s population growth, over a recent ten-year period, according to an analysis released today by the Civitas Institute.

 

As Private Sector Struggles, Local Government Workforce Expands

The number of local government workers at the municipal level in North Carolina grew at nearly twice the rate of private sector workers, and also outpaced the state’s population growth, over a recent ten-year period.

 

Spending isn’t stimulating

This article first appeared in the June 26 News & Observer. RALEIGH -- Nearly a year and a half has passed since President Barack Obama signed the federal stimulus package into law. How is that working out? The president's own economic advisers assured us that the deficit spending would help…

 

Federal Earmarks Make State Economies Worse Off

Want to get North Carolina state lawmakers as excited as a kid on Christmas morning? Tell them that some "free" federal government money is coming to the state. Indeed, many of us can recall last year when Gov. Bev Perdue excitedly declared she would "drive a truck" down to South…

 

Unnecessary Burdensome Fees and Regulations Hurt Small Business

Regulation of Appraisal Management Industry Hurts Small Business and Consumers While Big Business Gets Bigger. Small business will be priced out of the market by $5,000 registration fees, a $2,500 annual fee and numerous compliance costs. Consumers will suffer as taxes and fees are ultimately passed along to them.

 

State Employment Grows while More North Carolinians Lose Jobs

The number of state government employees in North Carolina has risen at a healthy clip at the same time the private sector lost 50,000 jobs. North Carolina state government added 34,824 full-time equivalent positions from 2001 through 2009, an increase of 12.3%...

 

Tax Credits To Hollywood Fat Cats Fails To Create Jobs

HB 713 would expand North Carolina’s existing tax credit to corporations shooting movies or television shows in North Carolina. The tax credit is being expanded under the guise of “creating jobs.” Studies show, however, that film incentives do not create jobs, and end up being a drag on state budgets.…

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