Civitas Review

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    Obamacare Medical Device Tax to be Scrapped?

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

    Let's hope so. From the N&O: A proposed Affordable Care Act tax freeze affecting nearly 100 North Carolina manufacturers would keep millions of dollars in the state over the next two years if Congress passes this week’s negotiated budget deal.    Some in Congress have had an eye on axing the ACA’s medical device manufacturing […]

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    McCrory's "Economic Development" Plan Avoids the Toughest Questions

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

    Gov. McCrory's announcement yesterday to shift the state's economic development functions to a "private" nonprofit leaves many questions to be answered. How would this impact the level of transparency of the state's corporate welfare deals (which has so far been very poor)? What would this mean to the seven regional economic development "partnership" organizations (along […]

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    How Are Jobs Created?

    Posted in Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Politicians of all stripes promise us to trust them to create jobs. Indeed, Gov. Perdue has attempted to claim the mantle of "jobs governor," and continues to insist that job creation is perhaps her top priority. But has anyone asked the Governor how jobs are created? I suspect her response, like most politicians, would be akin to […]

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