This specific article addresses one of the largest sticking points between the House and Senate budget plans: funding for teacher assistants vs. smaller class sizes.
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.
Recommendations for the 2015 Budget Negotiations As budget negotiations for the long-overdue 2015 North Carolina state budget continue, the Civitas Institute would like to remind legislators and taxpayers about opportunities to save real money in the budget – which will enable negotiators to come to an agreement once and for…
A new Civitas Poll of registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters shows that an overwhelming majority of them support an amendment to the state Constitution which would require a vote of two-thirds majority of both houses of the legislature to approve all income tax rate increases.
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?
This week the NC Senate approved a Taxpayer Protection Act that would enact restraints on the annual growth rate of the state budget. Although different from Colorado's (TABOR) in many important regards, we are re-posting this 2011 article that thoroughly debunks the left's primary claims about Colorado's TABOR experience.
The New Market Jobs Act is designed to encourage investments that would be too risky without the granting of political privilege in the form of a tax credit. The goal, of course, is to encourage more investment in low-income areas, just as federal policies in the last decade encouraged mortgage…
Senate Budget Spends Nearly $700M Less than House, Cuts Taxes, Issues No Debt, Sets More Aside for Rainy Day, Trims Cronyism
Last summer, the IRS seized $107,000 from Lyndon McLellan, who owns a convenience store in Robeson County. He was never accused of criminal activity. Instead, he was ensnared in a law designed to catch drug lords, not honest business people.
Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers.