Issues

  • Whose Fair Share is it Anyway?

    How much tax do North Carolina corporations pay each year? Too much? Not enough? Try nothing. That's right, not a dime. Outraged? Let me explain. A concept universally accepted by economists is that corporations do not pay taxes, people pay taxes. As the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization explains, "People pay all taxes. When the government levies a tax on a corporation, the corporation is more like a tax collector than a taxpayer. The burden of the tax ultimately falls on people -- the owners, customers, or workers of the corporation."

  • Update: Voter Registration

    Between April 2000 and May 10, 2008, the overall number of registered voters in North Carolina increased from 4.93 million to 5.81 million, an increase just shy of 18 percent (17.9 percent). This net increase is the result of new registration and the purging of no longer valid registrations from the voter rolls. In 2000, Democrats made up 51percent of registration statewide, Republicans made up 34 percent, and Unaffiliated and Libertarian voters together comprised 15 percent. By May 2008, those figures had changed to 45 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican, and 21 percent Unaffiliated.

  • Illegals & Community Colleges

    In response to the attorney general’s advisory letter, NCCCS President Scott Ralls announced on May 13, 2008, that community colleges would cease admitting illegal aliens to their degree-granting programs (CC 08-114). The colleges will continue to admit illegal aliens to continuing education programs, such as the Basic Skills Program, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $10 million...

  • Get the Facts: Illegal Immigration & Community Colleges

    On November 7, 2007, a memo from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) mandated that all community “colleges should immediately begin admitting undocumented individuals.” The new policy reversed an August 2004 directive that permitted each college to decide on its own whether to admit illegal aliens. In the wake of the firestorm that erupted following the November 2007 policy change, the community college system asked for clarification from Attorney General Roy Cooper. On May 6, 2008, the attorney general’s office issued a response that concluded...

  • Governor’s Budget: Higher Taxes, More Spending

    Governor Mike Easley, in his final year in office, rolled out his last budget request yesterday. Never one to break tradition, Easley included higher taxes and more spending.

  • Understanding Healthcare Reform

    Healthcare reform is complicated. But everyone knows something needs to be done. We've taken the time to treat the issue in a two-part video, which includes a breakdown of the problems, as well as market-friendly solutions. (More)

  • N.C.’s Sizable Safety Net

    What could your family do with an extra $22,000 per year? Spend it on health insurance? Groceries? Day care? As you daydream about how you'd spend an additional $1,800 per month, think about all the rhetoric this political season from those who have bought into the notion that North Carolina needs to expand its "social safety net" via higher taxation and bigger government.

  • Comparison 2008 to 2004

    The map below compares the winners - by county - of the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary and the 2004 Presidential General Election. In North Carolina overall, President Bush won in 2004 over John Kerry by 12.4 points - 56.0 percent to 43.6 percent. The red counties represent wins by President Bush of more than 30 percentage points. The dark blue counties represent wins by John Kerry by more than 15 percentage points. The initials on each county indicate whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama carried the county in the 2008 primary. Obama - who won in North Carolina overall - won 18 of the 20 counties that voted for Kerry in 2004. (Clinton won Richmond and Robeson counties.) Clinton won nearly all of the western counties, which tended to vote for Bush in 2004.

  • Primary Election Analysis

    See the Democratic Presidential Primary results. See the Republican Gubernatorial Results, with overly of Perdue Percentages.

  • Understanding Healthcare and How to Reform It

    Understanding Healthcare and How to Reform It

  • New Debt in FY 2008-09

    Conference Committee Budget Ignores Public Opinion, Further Escalates an Already Rapidly Increasing State Debt, and Burdens Future Budgets. The Civitas Institute’s May 2008 DecisionMaker poll shows that 77 percent of voters think the General Assembly should not be allowed to borrow money without voter approval.

  • Get the Facts: Real ID

    “Real ID” refers to the Real ID Act (P.L. 109-13) passed by Congress in May 2005. The law established uniform security standards each state must adhere to in issuing driver’s licenses and identification cards. Real ID was passed due to the ease with which the 9/11 terrorists were able to obtain multiple state IDs. State licenses and identification cards that fail to conform to Real ID standards will not be accepted as valid for the purposes of boarding a plane or entering a federal facility.

  • N.C. Business Climate Unworthy of Praise

    In a recent meeting of the N.C. Chamber’s Government Affairs Conference, House leaders made the claim that North Carolina consistently ranks among the nation’s best business climates. This claim, and the “evidence” used to support such a claim, does not stand up to scrutiny.

  • What We Can Learn from Mexico

    It is ironic that the same good police work that led to the arrest of Cesar Laurean in Mexico would be frowned upon as “profiling” if employed here in North Carolina. Laurean is wanted for the December 2007 murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach. Laurean was captured on April 10, 2008, in the small Mexican town of Tacambaro.

  • Rule Change About Control, not Education

    Last week the state Board of Education voted to strip some funding from charter schools that fail to meet state teacher licensing requirements. Current rules specify that 75 percent of elementary school and 50 percent of middle and high school teachers in charter schools must be licensed or certified by the state, but many schools fall short of those percentages. Now, such schools risk having state dollars withheld, and even the possibly of a state-imposed shutdown.

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