Civitas Review

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    Dec
    16

    Deceptive Budget Claims from NC Statists

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

    In response to my article last week in the N&O regarding the state's budget situation, a worker from the NC Justice Center penned this response, weakly labeling the numerical perspective I provided as "flawed." Predictably, the letter-writer includes the laughable claim that North Carolina's current budget deficit is a revenue problem rather than a spending problem. […]

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    Jun
    22

    Hold the Pork

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

    Politicians love to hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies in front of projects financed by government. Congressmen and women smilingly brag about how they are helping their home state "create jobs" by bringing home the bacon, and state lawmakers are overjoyed that "free" federal government money is being showered upon their state. The money awarded to the contractors […]

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    Feb
    23

    The “Jobs Governor” Didn’t Get the Memo

    Posted in Politicians & Politicking, Transportation & Infrastructure By Marianne Suarez | Tagged , , , ,

    According to Alan Reynolds, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, the federal stimulus actually added about 2 percentage points to the unemployment rate.  The jobs the stimulus was claimed to have created or saved can be mostly attributed to extending unemployment benefits and bolstering government programs such as Social Security and Medicaid. Additionally the 4th […]