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    A link between student financial aid and rising college tuition?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    The Daily Caller has an interesting piece  that highlights a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York report that says federal student loans and grants are a major contributor to the rising college costs. The report concludes each additional dollar of government student financial aid translated to a tuition hike of about 65 cents. I […]

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    How the Welfare State Creates Poverty Traps

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    I've written in the past about how the Welfare State creates an incentive structure that encourages government dependence over additional work income. In short, it is often the case where a person on government assistance can make themselves worse off by accepting more hours or a better job because the value of the government benefits […]

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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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    The Raisins of Freedom

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Civitas Review, Economics By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    Raisins are certainly not the most inspiring topic. But for one day, the word "raisin" is synonymous with the word "freedom." That's because in a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court yesterday held that the government cannot take a farmer's crops and give nothing in return. The story, which began 80 years ago in the New […]

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    Why Tax Cuts Are Working in NC

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , , , , , ,

    Economist Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation has a piece in today's Wall Street Journal that reminds us of why fiscal reforms in our state have worked and are still working. But he also warns us of how easily all the gains can be lost. He notes that North Carolina cut taxes in the right […]

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