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Budget & Taxes Archives

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    Senate Passes "Compromise" Bills Addressing Economic Incentives, Medicaid Reform

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

    Last night the Senate passed "compromise" bills on economic incentives and Medicaid reform. A press release from Senate President Pro Tem Berger's office sums up the bills: The compromise economic development plan: Answers the governor’s call for additional job recruitment dollars and moves to the middle of the original House and Senate proposals, by extending […]

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    NC Senate Offers Budget Compromises, Introduces Taxpayer Bill of Rights to Restrain Spending

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

    The Senate Finance Committee has been quite active these past two days. Late yesterday afternoon, they decided to remove key policy provisions from their state budget proposal. In a response to the House and Gov. McCrory's opposition to the Senate's inclusion of Medicaid reform, sales tax distribution changes and economic incentive measures; the Senate stripped […]

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    Senate Budget Plan Includes Retiree Insurance, Pension Reform

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review 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 […]

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    NC Biotech Center: Time to End Taxpayer Gravy Train

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review 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, Civitas Review, 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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