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  1. Aug
    28

    Special Session for More Corporate Welfare?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged

    From the N&O: Top economic development and business officials on Wednesday joined Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker in calling for a special lawmaking period this year. Decker told the N.C. Economic Development Board at its meeting in Raleigh that job recruiters are “in a difficult spot” after the General Assembly’s failure in its just-ended session to […]

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    Aug
    26

    State Government's 'Waste of the Week'

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

    This week marks a new regular feature by the Civitas Institute entitled "Waste of the Week." Think that NC state government has been "cut to the bone" and has been tightly trimmed to focus exclusively on 'core services' of state gov't? Think again. Each week Civitas will highlight a state government office, agency or expenditure that […]

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    Aug
    21

    NC Lawmakers Resurrect Bill for Corporate Welfare

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Late yesterday, NC lawmakers brought back to life a bill that had been essentially killed about 6 weeks ago in order to funnel taxpayer dollars to a paper mill in Canton. From USA Today: The House debated the paper mill bill, which was taken off the unfavorable calendar and put through a quick Rules Committee […]

  4. Aug
    20

    NC's Economic Growth on Uptick in Most Recent Years

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

    The folks at Opportunity Ohio have compiled a 50-state analysis of state GDP growth, breaking the growth rates down into 16-year, 4-year, and 2-year periods. You can see the breakdown here. Looking at North Carolina's growth rates over the various time horizons is interesting. NC's growth rate over the past 16 years (1997-2013) ranks 23rd, […]

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    Aug
    19

    HB 1224: Will "Conservatives" Side With Free Markets or Corporate Welfare?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Today the House is expected to vote on HB 1224, a bill that has been bounced around between the House and Senate, a couple committees, has had amendments added, and has garnered quite a bit of controversy among legislative leaders. The two main components of the bill include a cap on the local sales tax, […]