A new survey suggesting the future looks bright for the greater Raleigh area has important lessons for the whole state. The website newgeography.org recently published a study of which metro areas have the most economic momentum as 2014 gets under way. The Praxis Strategy Group looked at factors such as GDP growth, job growth, unemployment rates, population […]
Bill Moyers – for many years an advocate on television for liberal causes — recently gave North Carolina a lesson in how to disguise bias and distortions as news, and we should pay attention to how he did it. Moyers & Company, his outfit, recently put out a TV/online program called “North Carolina: Battleground State.” […]
Day care prices across the nation have been rising at a dramatic clip for years. In many cases, the cost to parents for a toddler in day care is more expensive than sending their teen to a high-quality private high school. But salaries for professional childcare workers – the largest expense of running a day […]
As the dust settles on the landmark 2013 North Carolina legislative session, conservatives can look upon the accomplishments of the state legislature and find much to celebrate.
Nearly a month into the 2013-14 fiscal year, Gov. Pat McCrory is set to sign the state budget into law today. The budget spends a total of $20.6 billion, up about 2.5 percent from last year’s $20.18 billion budget, and would mark a 39 percent increase in the state budget over ten years. Significant policy changes are […]
Liberal protesters at the General Assembly have been claiming they are acting in the name of morality, but a new Civitas study shows the role played by money – more than $100 million in state funds.
“Are we there yet?” Any parent who has taken long road trips with young children has likely heard that phrase countless times. To the children, the only thing that matters is how quickly they arrive at the destination. To the driver navigating the highways, off-ramps and country roads, however, how the family arrives at the […]
“Civitas has advocated for the elimination of income taxes for several months now, and it is encouraging to see the Senate step up and eliminate what many economists believe to be the state tax most harmful to economic growth: the corporate income tax,” said Civitas Institute Policy Director Brian Balfour.
The North Carolina House unveiled its two year spending plan on Sunday night. Total spending for FY 2013-14 would come to $20.6 billion – virtually identical to the Senate’s budget proposal and Gov. McCrory’s budget released in March.
Reform of a state agency many have heard of but most know little about, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), is one of the provisions drawing attention in a proposed state budget passed by the North Carolina Senate. This budget continues the work of making state government finances more efficient and cost-effective, while […]
Maybe it was just a coincidence that after I started to work for “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” my income taxes were audited. Maybe. Maybe not. I’ll never know one way or the other. That’s why still-unfolding IRS scandals are so ominous. As I’m sure you know, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted it targeted Tea […]
As a homeowner in Cary, I have been getting a good lesson in how government giveaways aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Last month New York-based MetLife revealed it will be moving employees from Northeast locations to two campuses — one in Charlotte, one in Cary here in Wake County. The state, county […]
Last night, the North Carolina state Senate unveiled its two year state budget proposal. Total spending included for FY 2013-14 comes to $20.58 billion, which would be roughly $400 million higher than the current year’s budget, good for a 2.3 percent increase. The Senate’s plan is about $17 million less than Gov. McCrory’s budget proposal […]
For savers, compounding interest can be a great thing. It helps to accelerate the rate of increase of your money in the bank. For state budgets, however, the concept of compounding budgetary increases can rapidly create out-of-control spending obligations. For state budget writers tempted to think it safe to increase spending by, say, 4.5 percent […]
“Changing policy through our budget.” That’s how newly elected Governor Pat McCrory described his first state budget proposal at a press conference Wednesday morning. McCrory’s plan would increase year-over-year spending by nearly half a billion dollars while not raising taxes. Most of the policy “changes” are focused on education. Total General Fund expenditures for fiscal […]