Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: May 2015

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    High Tech Cronyism

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    A crony coalition including tech giants Facebook, Google and Apple sent a letter Wednesday to NC legislative leaders urging them to keep the state's renewable energy portfolio standards in place. Apple, Facebook and Google, which own energy-hungry data centers in North Carolina, have called on legislative leaders to halt a move to freeze the state’s renewable […]

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    Teacher Shortage? Not According to NCTQ

    Posted in Civitas Review, Education, Miscellaneous By Bob Luebke | Tagged , ,

    In recent months news outlets have been awash with stories about a teacher shortage in North Carolina as well as nationally (see Education leaders address NC teacher shortage crisis and Fewer NC students seeking teaching degrees). Anyone who has been watching the education landscape knows this dominant narrative. There is a teacher shortage (largely because […]

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    One More Time: Medicaid Coverage Does Not Equal Access to Care

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on a study from the RAND Corporation showing that emergency room visits are on the rise: Visits to hospital emergency rooms are on the rise in the Carolinas and around the country, with experts pointing to the physician shortage and Obamacare as possible reasons.   One in five Americans goes to […]

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    Construction Crony: Raise Taxes to Benefit My Company!

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    At a conference in Winston-Salem last week, government officials and minority business owners discussed the issue of minority-owned businesses receiving a larger share of state government contracts. When discussion turned to a potential $2.8 billion worth of bonds being proposed for state buildings and roads, one of the representatives from a business seeking to benefit […]

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    House Passes Crony/Pork Laden Budget

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Late last night (or early this morning, however you want to look at it) the NC House passed its budget plan for the next biennium. Dozens of amendments were debated, and 42 passed. Some of the relatively more significant changes made from the original version include: Several DMV fee increases were reduced from 50 percent […]

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