Civitas Review

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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
    18

    New Debt, Crony Tax Carve-Outs and Fee Hikes Galore in House Budget Plan

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

    A House budget document sent to House Finance Committee members Sunday night includes sections focused on proposed new debt along with tax and fee changes being considered for the 2015 state budget. The committee will debate these proposals this evening. The fingerprints of special interest lobbyists are all over the tax sections, with targeted tax […]

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    May
    15

    Details From NC House Budget Plan Begin to Trickle Out

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

    Some preliminary details of the House budget plan were revealed yesterday in various appropriation committees. WRAL has a brief rundown. Some highlights include: In education, overall spending increased by a little over 3 percent. The funding plan accounts for enrollment growth in public K-12 schools as well as universities and community colleges. As drafted, the […]

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    Jun
    10

    NC House Releases State Budget Plan

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    The NC House unveiled its budget plan last night. While similar in total spending to the Senate plan, there are many differences between the two plans. WRAL has a summary of the House plan here. A sample: Overall, the House budget spends only $12 million less than the Senate did in the coming year. But […]

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    May
    04

    Several Tax Bills Filed in the Shadow of House Budget Vote

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

    Last night the N.C. House approved by a 72-47 margin its second vote on the House budget plan. The budget bill is expected to receive its third and final vote of approval later today. From there, the budget bill will move to the Senate who will make adjustments and develop their own proposal.  Buried beneath the budget headlines, however, […]

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