Civitas Review

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    Whether Media or Economists; "Mainstream" Means Left-Wing

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

    McClatchy News ran this article yesterday that attempts to outline the different outlooks on the economy held by Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis. The article was supposed to be an unbiased summary presenting each candidates viewpoints, but, this being the left-wing media, the author couldn't help but add this editorialized comment: Mainstream economists generally think […]

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    NC Receives Education Grant, Bureaucrats Take A Chunk of the Pie

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Education, Legislative Activity By Andrew Henson | Tagged , ,

    As recently reported, North Carolina won a $300 million federal ‘Race to the Top’ grant to employ education workers across the state, in yet another avatar of federal stimulus spending. This money was recently delivered to local education authorities who are able to spend it until September 30th, 2012, however, are encouraged to spend it […]

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    NCDOT Proudly Announces Another Unstimulating Stimulus Project

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Transportation & Infrastructure By Andrew Henson | Tagged , ,

    In a bold press release written in all caps across the top of the NCDOT website, the NCDOT Rail Division boldly releases its new plan to spend $43.4 million in stimulus funds as a part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). How stimulating might this plan be you ask? This stimulus project will […]

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    Gov. Perdue Plan Increases State Spending During "Great Recession"

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

    The news media throughout the state is virtually unanimous in reporting Gov. Perdue's 2010-11 recommended state spending plan as a "$19 billion budget." For example, see here, here and here. The actual spending on state programs, however, is much higher.   For starters, there was $1.04 billion in federal stimulus funding embedded in last year's biennial budget effective […]

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    The Unfortunate Reality of Government to the Rescue

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Marianne Suarez | Tagged , ,

    Most of us are still struggling to figure out when exactly we are going to see the benefits of the 2009 government Stimulus package. Economic recovery and job creation are starting to sound like broken promises to a state like North Carolina which has had one of the most consistently high unemployment rates in the […]

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