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  1. Mar
    25

    A Free-Market Needle in the Corporate Welfare Haystack

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

    This year's legislative session in NC has been largely dominated by countless corporate welfare schemes coming from both chambers, including expansion of taxpayer giveaway programs and several proposals to extend targeted tax credits to politically-chosen industries. A small ray of free-market light, however, poked its way through the crony capitalism clouds yesterday when SB 382 […]

  2. Mar
    23

    NC Business Owner: Corporate Welfare is a "Smack in the Face" to Home-Grown Businesses

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

    The Char-O just published this letter from a Cornelius business owner about the inherent unfairness of state government corporate welfare programs: I wonder if the N.C. Legislature understands the “smack in the face” effect its incentives to lure new businesses to the state has on a business like mine that has been operating here for […]

  3. Mar
    19

    Comparing the Senate and House Econ Incentive Bills

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

    Some tension is mounting between the NC Senate and Gov. McCrory's office over differences between their competing economic development plans. McCrory's plan was largely captured by a bill introduced by the House a few weeks ago, called the NC Competes Act. New up at the Civitas Institute's website is a comparison of the two plans, […]

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    Mar
    05

    Cato @ Liberty's Take on Vong v. Aune

    Posted in Economics, Public Safety By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , , ,

    In a recent post, I discussed our amicus brief in Vong v. Aune, a case of occupational licensure run amok. We partnered with the Cato Institute to support an entrepreneur's plea to be heard at the United States Supreme Court. You can now read the Cato Institute's take at their blog, Cato @ Liberty: Ms. Vong has now […]

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    Mar
    04

    Challenging Occupational Licensure

    Posted in Economics, Public Safety By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , , , ,

    Yesterday, the Civitas Institute filed a joint amicus brief with the Cato Institute at the United States Supreme Court. In the brief, we ask the Court to grant certiorari (take up the case) in Vong v. Aune. Should the Court grant cert, the ramifications could be felt in North Carolina, which has one of the […]

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