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  1. Sep

    Could NC's Economy Grow Without Handouts to Cronies?

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

    The N&O today published my article describing what I'd like to see in a special session in Raleigh to address economic incentives. A sample: Imagine with me for a moment what would happen if Gov. Pat McCrory’s office and state legislative leaders released the following joint statement regarding a special session to address economic development […]

  2. Sep

    Waste of the Week: UNC-TV

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    This week the Civitas Institute's "Waste of the Week" spotlights North Carolina's taxpayer subsidized television station: UNC-TV. Here is a slice: State tax dollars provide about half of the annual revenue for UNC-TV’s operations, and in addition UNC-TV received $78 million in taxpayer dollars for capital expenses from 2000 to 2011, according to news reports. […]

  3. Sep

    UNC Board of Governors to Review Research Centers and Institutes

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

    Per the N&O: The UNC Board of Governors has launched a review of the more than 200 centers and institutes housed at North Carolina’s public universities. UNC board members said there is no immediate plan to eliminate or cut any of the largely research-focused institutes, which brought in $556 million in federal grants and other […]

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    You Lose If Mudcats Grab $1.5M Scoreboard

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , , ,

    What would you say to an investment adviser who said, “I want you to invest some money in a failing enterprise”? Especially if she added, “You’ve already put a bunch of money into this, so you’ve got to put in more to keep from losing all of it!” You’d fire her on the spot. Or, […]

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    Waste of the Week: Taxpayer-Funded Museum for Banjo Player

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

    In the second installment of the Civitas Institute's new feature entitled "Waste of the Week," we spotlight the new Earle Scruggs Center, a museum dedicated to the deceased banjo player that received $250,000 in taxpayer dollars in this year's budget. The funds were directed to the Scruggs Center via a “state aid” appropriation from the […]