Civitas Review

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    Senate Finance Committee Approves Local Tax Changes, Expansion of Corporate Welfare

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

    The Senate Finance Committee gave approval to a bill that impacts local sales taxes and expands state government's corporate welfare programs. The bill is on the schedule for Senate discussion today. HB 1224 has been modified over the past week, with the final version gaining committee approval yesterday. With regard to local sales taxes, the […]

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    Humble Public Servants?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Kudos to the N&O's Dan Kane for digging into the compensation of the leaders of two of the state's more influencial lobbying groups. Recall that Civitas had previously exposed some eye-popping compensation for the leadership of NCAE. In his article, Kane exposes the hefty salaries of the heads of two local government associations. Focus on compensation for […]

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    DHIP:Big government comes to your neighborhood

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Healthcare By Bob Luebke | Tagged , ,

    Yesterday’s News & Observer had a short story on the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin’s appearance in Durham to praise that city’s Durham Health Initiative Project (DHIP).  DHIP is project between Duke Medicine and local government which attempts to map the health maladies of all of Durham — neighborhood by neighborhood –and then convince individuals to get care. The […]

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    Local Governments Getting Shafted By The State Again

    Posted in Legislative Activity By Chad Adams | Tagged

    Not covered in the mainstream media, but problematic for local officials statewide is that the state has once again withheld money promised to local governments because of their inability to balance the state budget or make cuts in their realm. In North Carolina, about 7 percent of the proceeds from the state’s corporate income tax […]

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