Civitas Responds to Critics of Tax Reform Study

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Feb. 25, 2013
CONTACT: Brian Balfour (919) 834-2099

RALEIGH — A pro-growth tax reform including elimination of state personal and corporate income taxes has garnered significant attention in North Carolina over the last several weeks.

To evaluate the impact of this reform plan, Arduin Laffer & Moore Econometrics (ALME) produced a study published by the Civitas Institute entitled More Jobs, Bigger Paychecks. Critics rushed in and tried to attack the findings and premises of the study.

For instance, one liberal group claimed that the study assumes that taxes are all that matters for economic growth. Nothing could be further from the truth. The drivers of economic growth are many-faceted. The question addressed in More Jobs, Bigger Paychecks is whether replacing a less efficient tax system with a more efficient tax system will enhance North Carolina’s growth. And the answer is clearly yes.

Upon review of opponents’ criticisms, we find them to be both inaccurate and based on political dogma, not sound economic policy.

To set the record straight, ALME has produced a follow-up piece designed to illustrate that the study’s criticisms are off base and fail to undermine the principles of the proposed tax reform.

To read the article, click here.

More information on the Civitas Institute is available at, or contact Communications Director Jim Tynen at or (919) 834-2099.

This article was posted in Press Releases by Brian Balfour on February 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

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