Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: December 2011

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    Happy Holidays from the Civitas Institute

    Posted in Miscellaneous By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    In light of the down-time between Christmas and New Year's, the Civitas Review blog will be on a break until we crank back up on Jan. 3, 2012. In the meantime, remember that its not too late to make your tax-deductible donation to the Civitas Institute before the end of 2011. Also, please consider registering for […]

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    Happy New Year! Now Give Me More Money

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Transportation & Infrastructure By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    On Jan. 1, North Carolina's state gas tax will adjust upward by another 3.9 cents per gallon. The new state gas tax rate of 38.9 cents per gallon will be an all-time high for the state, and rank as fifth highest in the nation. North Carolina will round out the top five gas taxers that […]

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    Governor Calls Back Lawmakers for Veto Session

    Posted in Public Safety By Matt Willoughby | Tagged , , ,

    Governor Beverly Perdue signed a proclamation calling state lawmakers back to Raleigh January 4 to consider her veto of Senate bill 9. That bill restricted what evidence death row inmates could use to make a case of racial bias in death sentences. It effectively narrowed the scope of the Racial Justice Act passed by a […]

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    PolitiFact Calls Democratic Mediscare Claims the 2011 "Lie of the Year"

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics, Politicians & Politicking By Neal Inman | Tagged ,

    When Congressional Republicans released their 2012 budget proposal, Democrats were quick to attack House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisconsin) deficit reducing proposal to shift Medicare from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution  system. This hyperbolic video from the liberal Agenda Project was typical of the smear campaign against this effort to reduce […]

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    State Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly but Still at Double Digits

    Posted in Economics, Life & Family Issues By Matt Willoughby | Tagged , ,

    The state unemployment rate dropped in November from 10.4 percent to 10 percent according to the Division of Employment Security. That is still above the national unemployment rate. The rate stood at 9.8 percent at this time last year. There was a small gain of 3,800 in the number jobs. That is still a far […]

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