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    UNC Biz Prof. Critiques Gene Nichol

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

    Michael Jacobs, CEO of Jacobs Capital and professor of the Practice of Finance at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business, wrote this interesting piece in the N&O criticizing Gene Nichol's approach to addressing poverty. Here are some samples from the article: If the goal of the poverty center is, in fact, to improve the condition […]

  2. Apr

    Art Pope Discusses Benefits of Tax Reform

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

    State budget director Art Pope (whose family foundation is Civitas' primary benefactor) penned an article in the N&O discussing the benefits of last year's tax reform legislation. The article highlights how the tax reform enables North Carolinians to keep more of their hard-earned money. Some highlights: Tax reform began in 2011, when the General Assembly reduced […]

  3. Apr

    New ALEC Analysis: Tax Reform Boosts NC's Economic Outlook

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

    Today not only marks tax day, but also the release of the 7th Edition of Rich States, Poor States; an annual publication co-authored by economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore and produced by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The book "analyzes the effects of current state fiscal policies within each state and ranks the states […]

  4. Apr

    Legislative Researchers Dispute Film Credit Study's Claims

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

    Last week's highly trumpeted study claiming to show amazing economic gains from the state's film industry tax credit program is being harshly criticized by a legislative fiscal research division analysis. A memo from the N.C. General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division (FRD) "concludes that the reported positive return on investment in based on a series of […]

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    NC Expecting to Pay off UI Debt Early, Saving Millions

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

    North Carolina's massive debt to the federal government for funds borrowed to cover unemployment insurance is on pace to be paid off by the end of 2015, according to Division of Employment Security head Dale Folwell. From the N&O: The state’s debt to the federal government, money it borrowed to pay unemployment benefits, peaked at […]