A majority of North Carolina voters believe state government is failing them. According to Civitas Institute January 2010 polling results, 54 percent of likely voters believe that the state is on the “wrong track,” compared to only 31 percent who replied that the state is headed in the right direction.
North Carolina deserves better.
High unemployment, failing schools, corruption, overspending, tax increases and declining family values all are the results of a generation of corrupt politicians implementing endless rounds of failed policies.
But merely criticizing is not enough. Fresh, alternative policies are needed to turn things around. Indeed, North Carolina can do better.
With that in mind, the Civitas Institute presents its 2010 Policy Agenda: “20 Changes for 2010: A Primer for State Reform.”
The agenda addresses a number of failed policies that are greatly in need of reform in North Carolina. Each policy recommendation offers a solution not only long neglected by most out-of-touch North Carolina lawmakers, but also supported by a significant majority of voters. Polling results are provided to better inform elected officials and candidates about the depth of public support for the policies included in our 2010 Policy Agenda.
These policy recommendations are meaningless, however, without the help of three key stakeholder groups:
- Citizens: North Carolina residents tired of government corruption and failed policies need to inform themselves of better policy alternatives.
- Elected Officials: Current lawmakers need the courage and desire to transform these popular policy recommendations into action, so as to better reflect the wishes of their constituents.
- Candidates: During the upcoming election season, candidates need to articulate these ideas to voters effectively. Doing so will help educate citizens and present a welcome alternative compared to more of the same policies that have failed North Carolinians for decades.