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Budget & Taxes Archives

  1. Oct

    The Little-Known Tax Cut Saving NC Millions

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Most of you are familiar with North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reforms, and the additional tax changes made in this year's state budget. But have you heard of another tax cut that could save taxpayers an estimated $2.4 billion over the next five years?   This new article at explains: These sizeable savings can […]

  2. Oct

    Human Lab Rats: "Science" Being Used to Defend the Welfare State

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

    Defenders of the broken and destructive welfare state are getting more desperate. Case in point, check out this frightening article in the N&O, entitled "The Science of Lifting Kids Out of Poverty."  The author begins by informing readers about the results of a recent study: In a study published this year in Nature Neuroscience, several co-authors […]

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    Were the State Bond and Corporate Welfare Bill Bargaining Chips for Income Tax Cut?

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

    There has been much written about the tax changes included in this year's final budget bill. Most notable among the changes were a decrease in the personal and corporate income tax rates, the creation of a new historic preservation tax credit, a shift in the formula for corporate taxes to a single sales factor, and […]

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    Three Things You Should Know About NC's Education Budget

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

    New today at is this article outlining three major things you should know about North Carolina's education budget. A sample from the article: The education budget has been increasing. First, contrary to the claims of many educators and the media, the education budget is not declining. General state appropriations for public education (i.e. K-12 […]

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    $2 Billion Bond Dubbed a "Slush Fund"

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By demidowdy

    You may have read our own Brian Balfour's take on the $2 Billion bond just passed in the State Senate. The cost to NC taxpayers is certainly hefty, but so are the implications as spelled out in an article in NC Capitol Connection. Matt Caulder reports that language in the bill seems to give the […]

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