There’s no such thing as a “free” lunch. Similarly, funds from the Federal government are not “free” either. Strings attached such as matching requirements and maintenance of effort impose steep additional costs on states accepting federal dollars.
Packed with informative graphs and charts, the book is separated into three parts: North Carolina Before, The New North Carolina, and What’s Next for North Carolina?
In the face of defeat, claim victory anyway. That’s what state bureaucrats in charge of meddling with North Carolina’s economy are doing in light of a recent report that suggests their meddling has produced dismal results. A recent WRAL article examines the track record of two of NC’s largest crony capitalist…
I bet you haven’t heard a word about another tax cut that has already saved North Carolina’s economy roughly half a billion dollars, and will cut taxes by an estimated $700 million per year during the next four years.
One other issue that should be addressed is North Carolina’s harmful Certificate of Need (CON) law. CON laws essentially force medical providers to ask permission from a state board of bureaucrats before expanding an existing facility, opening a new facility or adding certain types of equipment.
The 2015 budget includes far too many items that Civitas has highlighted as wasteful and outside the scope of core government services. And some are just blatant examples of legislators bringing home “the bacon” to their home districts – using state tax dollars.
The FY 2015-16 North Carolina state budget has finally been finalized. Was it worth the wait? Rather than wading through 400 pages of text, you can read here about the ten most interesting and important aspects of the budget in this article.
Television programming by no means can fit into a sensible person’s definition of “core services” of government. UNC-TV has been supported by roughly $9 million of taxpayer funds per year in the last few years.
This installment will focus on local projects that should be handled by local governments – if at all – and not paid for with state tax dollars. Such localized projects are often called “pork barrel” projects because they force state taxpayers to finance local projects.
North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing Tryon Palace to the tune of millions of dollars annually for years. Categorized in the Department of Cultural Resources in the state budget, the Palace received $3 million in taxpayer funds last year, offset by less than $400,000 in receipts.