Issues

  • 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.

  • NC Voters Reject Commissioners “Education” Campaign

    Raleigh, N.C. – With the controversial land transfer tax on the Orange County ballot less than three weeks from today, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly oppose the idea that county commissioners spend money to promote the referendum that will increase taxes.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Line with NC Voters

    Raleigh, N.C. – In conjunction with today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of lethal injection as a means to administer capital punishment, the Civitas Institute released results of its April DecisionMaker poll revealing that North Carolina voters approve of the use of the death penalty by a greater than two to one margin.

  • General Assembly: Tough Decisions During Short Session

    Excitement and attention are building for a meaningful presidential primary in North Carolina on May 6. With the focus on the primary, the May 13th start of the so-called “short session” of the General Assembly could get overshadowed, leading some to ignore big issues that will be debated this summer. At the General Assembly, important decisions will be made an impact all North Carolinians as lawmakers ponder how to address critical policies that shape our future.

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