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EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Drive Up Electricity Costs

EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Drive Up Electricity Costs

New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civitas Institute. The study…

It’s Time to Celebrate National School Choice Week

It’s Time to Celebrate National School Choice Week

This is National School Choice Week and there are many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents – not the government – should control their children’s education and where they…

N&O Editors: Deny WCPSS budget facts   

N&O Editors: Deny WCPSS budget facts  

“Do you have any interest in reporting the facts?” That’s the question I’d like to ask News & Observer editors after reading the recent editorial, “Time for Wake Schools to Build Back.” They cherry-picked data and cobbled together shallow or misleading arguments in order to claim the Wake County Public…

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

From Mapping the Left: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation hasn’t always been the largest funder of liberal activist organizations in North Carolina. But just as the Reynolds family moved away from the legacy of its founding patriarch, in time the foundation abandoned its roots in free-market innovation and success to…

Mapping the Left: Introduction

Mapping the Left: Introduction

In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy. Only now, however, is there a user-friendly online database that sheds…

Why Is McCrory Admin Charging to Look Up Records?

Why Is McCrory Admin Charging to Look Up Records?

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is reportedly charging the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) for merely looking up public records in its files – and that’s before providing the records themselves. According to The News & Observer, the SELC has requested to look at DOT emails, but the agency…

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…

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the…

 

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Why Medicaid Expansion Won’t Boost Jobs

Why Medicaid Expansion Won’t Boost Jobs

Last week, yet another study claiming that expanding Medicaid in North Carolina will create tens of thousands of jobs was released and dutifully reported by the media. The findings of such studies, however, are based upon a fatally flawed assumption that Medicaid coverage equates to access to medical care. The…

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