Medicaid Expansion: A Quick Primer

In North Carolina, most news coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has focused on the massive technical failures of the federal exchange website. But there is another healthcare issue that is heating up all over the country: Medicaid expansion. This article should help provide some…

Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

“You get what you pay for” goes one popular old adage. And in North Carolina, it appears that we had for some time been paying to secure one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.


How to Keep Poor People Poor

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state. Programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.? Perfect poverty traps. I would recognize that a perfect recipe for keeping poor people…


Unions Vow to ‘Organize the South’

Last month, union bosses from the AFL-CIO came together at a major convention in Los Angeles to discuss the future of organized labor in the United States. There they unveiled a new “Southern Strategy” aimed at revitalizing unionism. The AFL-CIO’s website noted: What happens in the South affects the nation,…


Isn’t a “Myth” Supposed to be Untrue?

Rob Christensen of the News & Observer recently published an article in which he claims to uncover “the truth” behind 10 “myths” about North Carolina state government. Disappointingly, Christensen gives short shrift to each point, and his “facts” are deliberately cherry-picked and incomplete in order to fit his preconceived narrative.…


The Real Fraud: Government ‘Economic Development’ Programs

In many ways, the scandal at the RBTC is only the latest example of the problems inherent in publicly-funded economic development programs.


Anatomy of a Fraud: Inside the Audit of the Raleigh Business and Technology Center

Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL reported on the scandal but their information was based on only a brief summary of the audit but we weren’t content with that. Here's the whole story.


Growth Patterns Show Danger Of Income Tax

The article originally appeared in the Durham Herald Sun. Why do you work? When reading that question, any one of several answers likely jumped into your mind. But one answer that I’m willing to bet occurred to none of you is: I work to pay taxes. That noncontroversial assumption goes…


Raleigh Ventures Show How Businesses Work

Andrew Leager, the owner of Boylan Bridge Brewpub and the Special Projects woodworking shop, both in Raleigh, is just one of many business owners in North Carolina facing regulation from all levels of government. He recently discussed both of his business endeavors and how government is involved. Leager started his…


Shortsighted Government Regulations Harm Optometry Business

An Optometrist’s Journey Dr. Jay Bailey owns Professional Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a family-owned and -operated business where Bailey has accrued 23 years of experience in both practicing optometry and running his own business. Since 1987, Bailey has been committed to following his passion of helping…

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