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    New EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs

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

    A new study by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University, and published by the Civitas Institute, examines the potential impact new EPA rules would have on North Carolina. The main findings of the study include: EPA rules will cost the North Carolina economy a total of $1.7 billion between 2015 and 2030. The state’s […]

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    Gene Nichol's Poverty Center: Making Poverty Worse?

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

    Gene Nichol & Co. continue to plea their case to save the UNC Poverty Center from possible cuts of research centers being considered by the Board of Governors. A key component to the Poverty Center's mission is to "advocate for proposals, policies and services to mitigate poverty in North Carolina," with one of their top […]

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    "If Everyone Else Jumped Off a Bridge…"

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

    As a kid, whenever I tried to justify a stupid decision to my parents by saying "but everyone else is doing it," the inevitable response would be: "if everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?"  I suspect many of you experienced the same thing. But the "everyone else is doing it" seems […]

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    NASCAR HoF and Now Chiquita: Charlotte's Tough Week

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

    Just days after Charlotte City Council announced it will write off more than $22 million in debt from the NASCAR Hall of Fame because of the Hall's financial problems, now Chiquita announces it will close its Charlotte headquarters. What do these things have in common? Both were lured to Charlotte with major government handouts. The […]

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    Medicaid Coverage Does Not Equal Access to Care

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

    Last week I posted an article discussing the shortage of doctors treating Medicaid patients in NC and how that would undermine claims that expanding Medicaid would create jobs. Medicaid rolls in North Carolina have ballooned from about 1 million in 2003 to roughly 1.7 million today. Adding another 500,000 would push the program over 2 […]

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