Civitas Review

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    Jul
    21

    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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    May
    29

    High Tech Cronyism

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

    A crony coalition including tech giants Facebook, Google and Apple sent a letter Wednesday to NC legislative leaders urging them to keep the state's renewable energy portfolio standards in place. Apple, Facebook and Google, which own energy-hungry data centers in North Carolina, have called on legislative leaders to halt a move to freeze the state’s renewable […]

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    May
    26

    Construction Crony: Raise Taxes to Benefit My Company!

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

    At a conference in Winston-Salem last week, government officials and minority business owners discussed the issue of minority-owned businesses receiving a larger share of state government contracts. When discussion turned to a potential $2.8 billion worth of bonds being proposed for state buildings and roads, one of the representatives from a business seeking to benefit […]

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    May
    22

    House Passes Crony/Pork Laden Budget

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

    Late last night (or early this morning, however you want to look at it) the NC House passed its budget plan for the next biennium. Dozens of amendments were debated, and 42 passed. Some of the relatively more significant changes made from the original version include: Several DMV fee increases were reduced from 50 percent […]

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    May
    19

    Solar Crony Admits Solar in NC Completely a Gov't Creation

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

    In the N&O, the CEO of a crony solar company that has profited not because it created value for consumers but rather due to political privilege lobbied in the backrooms of the General Assembly, discusses threats to the continued success of his business. But this sunny forecast could quickly cloud over. Two of the most […]

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