Issues

  • 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 private sector workers in North Carolina doubled from 2000-20091.

  • 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.

  • Top Ten Golden LEAF Wasteful Projects

    The Golden LEAF Foundation, an organization created and funded by the legislature and whose very existence is dubious at best, has seen its substantial amount of funds remain untouched, even while state budget writers have raided several other state “trust funds” and implemented massive tax hikes in order to balance the state budget.

  • Congress should help small business by keeping ‘death tax’ dead

    N.C. small business owners and family farmers can look forward to keeping their businesses in the family - at least this year. The federal estate tax, or "death tax" as it is commonly known, expired at the end of last year. Prior to that, families could be required to hand over to Washington nearly half of the combined value of virtually everything they own - personal and business assets alike

  • State Budget Increases Spending, Adds Nearly 900 Government Workers While Private Sector Continues to Struggle

    The spending plan increases actual spending over the current fiscal year, adds 864 full-time positions to the state payroll, raids lottery funds to preserve teacher jobs, freezes teacher and state employee pay and offers a misguided package of targeted tax breaks intended to help small business job growth.

  • 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 boost economic recovery and keep the nation's unemployment rate under 8 percent. As of May, it stands at 9.7 percent.

  • 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 Carolina because she was so giddy over the prospect of North Carolina taking any federal recovery funds our southern neighbors may refuse...

  • $300 Million Budget Window

    North Carolina budget writers have a window of roughly $300 million within which to negotiate the 2010-11 state budget. Where their final spending plan falls within that window will reveal a lot about their seriousness regarding fiscal restraint. The state budget Conference Committee, comprised of lawmakers selected from both the state House and Senate, are currently attempting to iron out differences between the House and Senate budget proposals.

  • House Budget falls short of addressing Prisoner Education Problem

    Just last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed their anxiously awaited budget for FY 2010-11. As many had expected, the content of this year’s budget mirrored the tribulations of North Carolina’s economy, as many critical programs suffered sizeable budget cuts to reconcile the state’s $1 billion budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

  • Wake School Budget: Behind the Numbers

    In 2000, the WCPSS operating budget was a mere $653 million. What accounts for the dramatic growth in the school budget? A review of WCPSS budget trends for the period 2000-2009 can help provide some answers.

  • NC Senate Immigration Bill Gives Tacit Support to Arizona

    North Carolina has followed suit in drafting immigration legislation in the wake of the recent Arizona illegal immigration law that enables the state to deal with this growing problem.

  • Obama Approval Dragging Democratic Generic Ballot Down

    It is often theorized that mid-term Presidential year elections are simply referendums on the voters’ satisfaction with the current administration’s term in office.  Often though, those mid-term elections, like we are having in 2010 are met with substantial losses for the party in power.  In fact, only twice in the past 100 years has the party who controlled the Presidency picked up seats in Congress during that President’s first mid-term year election.

  • H.B. 1403 “Collect DNA Sample on Arrest”: What They’re Not Saying

    Legislators who support H.B. 1403, sponsored by Reps. Wil Neumann (R-Gaston), Pearl Burris-Floyd (R-Gaston), Darrell McCormick (R-Yadkin) and Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg), which would require the collection of DNA upon arrest for all felonies and certain misdemeanors, have only focused on how it would exonerate the innocent.

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