Budget & Taxes

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

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.

Bad Bill of the Week: Central Planners Never Learn

Bad Bill of the Week: Central Planners Never Learn

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 Releases More Conservative Budget Plan

Senate Releases More Conservative Budget Plan

Senate Budget Spends Nearly $700M Less than House, Cuts Taxes, Issues No Debt, Sets More Aside for Rainy Day, Trims Cronyism

Small-town NC Case Shows Federal Overreach

Small-town NC Case Shows Federal Overreach

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.

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

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.

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan. The total state budget proposed by McCrory just for the first…

TOP 5 IN ‘15

TOP 5 IN ‘15

Policies the NC General Assembly should address this session Today marks the opening day for the 2015 “long session” for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget. Following is a list of priorities the Civitas…

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

By now, most of us have come to expect the left-wing bias of the Raleigh News & Observer. Part of that bias includes efforts to promote their chosen narrative by presenting questionable data while ignoring more relevant facts.

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate. In October 2013, Wake County voters approved an $810 million bond referendum to finance new schools and repairs.  Now, little over a year later, community leaders are saying that…

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that – in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both houses of the General Assembly – North…

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