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Budget & Taxes Archives

  1. Jul

    Senate Budget Plan Includes Retiree Insurance, Pension Reform

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    As highlighted in this Asheville Citizen-Times article, the NC Senate budget proposal  includes measures to address two issues very critical to the long-term fiscal health of the state government: retiree health benefits and realistic measures of the state pension fund. North Carolina lawmakers are looking at changes they say will shore up important benefits for […]

  2. Jul

    NC Biotech Center: Time to End Taxpayer Gravy Train

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

    Today's News & Observer has an article featuring the NC Biotechnology Center – noting that the Senate's budget proposal would eliminate taxpayer funding for the Center, while the House budget includes continued taxpayer support to the tune of $13.6 million. Last fall, Civitas featured the Biotech Center as a Waste of the Week, arguing that […]

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    Renewable Mandates Forcing NC Electric Bills Higher

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

    A new article up at shows how North Carolina's electricity bills have grown more than twice as fast as regional and national averages since passage of its renewable mandate. By contrast, in the years leading up to the mandate, NC's rates rose far more slowly than national and regional averages. The state’s renewable requirements […]

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    Ohio Medicaid Expansion Costs Skyrocket 60% Above Projections

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

    As Gov. McCrory continues to leave the door open to possible Medicaid expansion – albeit thru a "North Carolina plan", not a "Washington plan" – state leaders can learn from the state of Ohio's Medicaid expansion. As reported at Expanding Medicaid to working-age Ohioans with no kids and no disabilities was supposed to cost $2.56 billion in its […]

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    Mercatus Ranks State Fiscal Condition

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    Earlier this week the Mercatus Center at George Mason University released their annual Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition.  The study ranks states according to their ability to meet financial obligations, long and short term debt, unfunded pensions and health care benefits.  The overall ranking is is a weighted sum of individual categories. If you […]

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