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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine. You get a call from your stock broker. He says he's got a line on a can't-miss opportunity: a startup in a hyper-competitive industry, one in which the costs of doing business (inputs) are going up fast, and the failure rate is as bad as the restaurant industry. They're burning through cash. They're burning through credit. Meanwhile their revenue per transaction is among the lowest in the industry. Do you pull out your checkbook? Or do you hang up and fire your broker?
As people rush to put their tax forms in the mail before Tuesday's deadline, 66% believe they are paying too much to federal and state tax collectors.
Moore overtakes Perdue: Democratic candidates for Governor in Statistical Dead Heat
While it is up for debate whether a full-blown recession will hit North Carolina, early signs of slowing tax revenue have already surfaced. North Carolinians would be wise to remember how our state leaders reacted the last time a recession occurred in 2000-2001, and ask themselves, “Is history about to repeat itself?”
As lawmakers prepare to craft the FY2008-09 budget, here is a rundown of the top 10 myths you can expect to hear regarding North Carolina’s budget, taxes and economy.
Most of us are familiar with the old saying "It takes money to make money." But for government officials across North Carolina, it "takes money to take money." What do I mean by that? It seems that government officials have grown quite fond of using tax dollars to convince voters to approve tax or spending increases. In other words, they are spending our tax dollars to convince us to hand over even more tax dollars.
The two men suspected of killing UNC-Chapel Hill student body President Eve Carson represent a case study in the failure of North Carolina's criminal justice system.
Lawmakers and political pundits around Raleigh are fond of discussing the issue of who is paying their “fair share” of taxes in North Carolina. Such rhetoric raises the inevitable question: who is paying taxes in North Carolina?