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Why Business Incentives Won’t Help NC

Why Business Incentives Won’t Help NC

By Garland S. Tucker III and Francis X. De Luca: In previous years, Republicans rightly attacked then-Gov. Bev. Perdue’s use of economic incentives to promote growth in North Carolina. Since taking control of the state, however, they have regrettably changed their tune. Gov. Pat McCrory and then-Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker…

Public School Forum Declares Book Closed on Common Core, Whistles past Many Shortcomings

Public School Forum Declares Book Closed on Common Core, Whistles past Many Shortcomings

In his article “Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards,” Keith Poston argues against revisions to the current Common Core standards and the importance of ensuring teachers have a voice in this discussion. In a two-part response, I argue, in part one, that significant changes…

Civitas Institute asks Supreme Court to protect entrepreneurs

Civitas Institute asks Supreme Court to protect entrepreneurs

Today, the Civitas Institute joins the Cato Institute in asking the United States Supreme Court to clarify its role in protecting Americans from occupational licensure abuse. In a joint amicus brief, attorneys from Civitas and Cato ask the Court to grant certiorari in Vong v. Aune — a case with the potential…

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

Mapping the Left It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – and the family that dominates it. There are literally hundreds…

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare Bonanza

Bad Bill of the Week: Corporate Welfare Bonanza

Politicians love to use their power to dole out favors and privileges to politically-connected special interests. They also love to interfere with the economy, attempting to impose their preferences upon investors and consumers through a hodgepodge of taxpayer handouts and targeted tax breaks. House Bill 89 Omnibus Economic Development Improvements,…

Books are not the only problem in recent WCPSS controversy

Books are not the only problem in recent WCPSS controversy

Wake County Public Schools finds itself in the middle of a book controversy. Concerned parents at Highcroft Drive Elementary School have voiced concerns about the use of highly questionable books by fourth graders at the school. A blogger named NC Citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote about the story…

EPA Rules Would Choke NC’s Economy

EPA Rules Would Choke NC’s Economy

Gas prices fell below $2.00 a gallon in much of state this month, providing North Carolinians with some extra cash in their pockets to pay off those Christmas credit card bills. Don’t get used to the extra cash, however. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of implementing…

School Grades: Don’t Get Lost in the Noise

School Grades: Don’t Get Lost in the Noise

Today North Carolina released A-F grades for all traditional public and charter schools. News outlets have been all  over the story and pundits are  angling to put a spin on what is expected to be a  tough day for many schools.  For the past several days, public school officials have…

6 Reasons to Sidetrack Light Rail Plans

6 Reasons to Sidetrack Light Rail Plans

A few days a week, I ride a Triangle Transit 301 bus to and from the palatial Civitas HQ in the Warehouse District of Raleigh. But even as a transit rider, my blood runs cold when I hear government planners are plotting ways to bring throw taxpayers’ money at light-rail…

Can a Redistricting Panel Avoid Politics?

Can a Redistricting Panel Avoid Politics?

Kudos to Senate leader Phil Berger for his incisive answer as to whether he would support an independent redistricting commission. According to Gary Robertson of the Associated Press, Berger said: “I have yet to see a so-called independent redistricting commission that is truly independent. … I’m still out there looking…

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