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.
Civitas is providing a series of recommendations for how to trim the state budget so that legislators can come to an agreement and go home. To access these articles, CLICK HERE
Other items that should be eliminated via the budget are targeted tax credits. Such tax credits single out specific industries or businesses to enable them to avoid paying certain taxes or pay a far lower rate than the legally established rate that other enterprises must pay.
Our latest article in the series “Cut This, Go Home” focuses on state budget funding for The Support Center, a “Moral Monday” supporter that funnels taxpayers’ money into risky loans.
The theme that state government is somehow starved of revenue because the pace of revenue growth has fallen off recently due to the recession and sluggish recovery fails to address the big picture, namely: What did North Carolina’s budget growth look like before the economic crash?