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    Obamacare Medical Device Tax to be Scrapped?

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

    Let's hope so. From the N&O: A proposed Affordable Care Act tax freeze affecting nearly 100 North Carolina manufacturers would keep millions of dollars in the state over the next two years if Congress passes this week’s negotiated budget deal.    Some in Congress have had an eye on axing the ACA’s medical device manufacturing […]

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    Wake County Transit Plan's Price Tag: $2.3 Billion

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

    From the N&O: Commuter trains, running for 37 miles from Durham and Research Triangle Park to Raleigh and Garner, are a big part of a proposed 10-year transit plan, released Tuesday, that will be considered by county commissioners next spring. … The plan includes 20 miles of bus rapid transit (BRT) service, running every 15 […]

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    Duke Energy: Renewable Energy Mandates Keeping Rates Higher

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    This press release from Duke Energy delivers some good news to NC households – rates are going down. But thanks to the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS), however, rates will be higher than they would have been otherwise.   Duke Energy Progress customers in North Carolina will see a decrease in overall rates effective Dec. […]

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    Most Popular Posts in November

    Posted in Civitas Review, Miscellaneous By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , ,

    The most viewed stories on the Civitas Institute's website for the month of November were: Thank You, Governor McCrory  – this page thanked the governor for his request to the federal government that they cease sending Syrian   refugees to North Carolina Will NC Students Have to Share Bathrooms, Locker Rooms with the Other Sex?  […]

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    Much More Needed to Address NC's $25.5 Billion Unfunded Retiree Health Benefit Liability

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

    At a Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee meeting Monday, legislators discussed ways to address the state's $25 billion unfunded liability for state retiree health care benefits. The primary recommendation at the meeting was to "force all retirees on the State Health Plan to enroll in Medicare Advantage. The federal plan, a basic version of […]

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