HB 725 “Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act” has been heard in a House committee meeting. HB 725 would “raise the age” from 16 to 18 for someone to be tried as an adult if he or she commits a misdemeanor. While the argument is raised that we need to give our children a second chance for […]
In a misnamed article, “Common Core is a conservative victory,” Republican education reformers Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli used a recent News &Observer op-ed to try and persuade North Carolina conservatives to support the new national Common Core education standards. I respect Finn and Petrilli and frequently agree with them. However, on Common Core Standards, […]
Civitas Board Chairman Bob Luddy is also on the board of the Rural Economic Development Center (REDC). The Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer recently ran stories highlighting questionable practices by the center, and the N&O followed up with an editorial that concludes “the center has become less about sustaining rural communities and more […]
The first article of the Civitas Institute’s two-part series on the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center highlighted its corrupt tactics and the $200,000-plus per year salary of President Billy Ray Hall. To go over all the instances of favoritism over the center’s past 26 years would be overwhelming. The following examples are from the […]
What if I were to coax you into accepting a loan with money I stole from you? You’d probably call the police and have me arrested as a thief and a con artist. But here’s a news flash: The state government and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center (Rural Center) have been practicing this […]
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Recent media reports have suggested that the protesters disrupting the General Assembly at “Moral Mondays” represent a cross-section of North Carolina citizens. We decided to investigate that claim. Using arrest records and other public documents, we investigated who really is involved in these protests. The graphics below detail a few of our findings prior to […]
SB 306 passed concurrence in the Senate. Civitas has shared many stories of families who are the real victims of the Racial Justice Act. After SB 306 passed through the Senate and House, we began to hear from other families and how the Racial Justice Act affected them. Families know the fight and closure are […]
Let’s say you’re an ordinary citizen and you trespass on someone’s property. You come back the next day anyway. You get arrested again, and this time you’re charged with contempt. Wait – what’s that? You’re the Rev. William Barber? Never mind. Please, come inside. The legal situation surrounding weekly protests at the Legislative Building in […]
“Civitas has advocated for the elimination of income taxes for several months now, and it is encouraging to see the Senate step up and eliminate what many economists believe to be the state tax most harmful to economic growth: the corporate income tax,” said Civitas Institute Policy Director Brian Balfour.
The North Carolina House unveiled its two year spending plan on Sunday night. Total spending for FY 2013-14 would come to $20.6 billion – virtually identical to the Senate’s budget proposal and Gov. McCrory’s budget released in March.
North Carolina lawmakers have an opportunity. After spirited debate by participants on both sides of the aisle, last week members of the House Education Committee approved a bill (HB 944) to provide low income children with a voucher of up to $4,200 to attend nonpublic schools. The action was an historic first step in North […]
June 4, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 Francis.DeLuca@NCCivitas.org RALEIGH – Today the President of the Civitas Institute, Francis De Luca, delivered letters and documentation to the North Carolina Attorney General, the State Auditor, the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the State Board of Elections calling for an investigation […]
Reform of a state agency many have heard of but most know little about, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), is one of the provisions drawing attention in a proposed state budget passed by the North Carolina Senate. This budget continues the work of making state government finances more efficient and cost-effective, while […]
Maybe it was just a coincidence that after I started to work for “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” my income taxes were audited. Maybe. Maybe not. I’ll never know one way or the other. That’s why still-unfolding IRS scandals are so ominous. As I’m sure you know, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted it targeted Tea […]