Civitas Review

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    Obamacare Mandate to Cost NC Taxpayers Millions for State Employee Coverage

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

    Thousands of state employees will be newly eligible for mandated health insurance coverage this January, courtesy of Obamacare. This has presented an additional challenge to state budget writers of how to pay for their coverage. The issue has been a concern for months, as state agencies must absorb the cost of covering temporary employees who […]

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    Time to Move on State Pension Reform

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

    The N&O offers up this editorial highlighting the findings of their recent series examining some eye-popping compensation packages of state government workers. Among the issues examined in the series was the practice of "spiking" – employees gaming their compensation packages to maximize their pension payouts in retirement. Last week The News & Observer revealed this […]

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    NC Workforce Not Underpaid, Understaffed

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , ,

    Our recent posts on NC employee pensions and health care are bringing some responses from readers, so let’s look at some of the objections. One is that state employees get less in salary, so the retirement and health benefits just make up for that. Sorry, that stereotype is way out of date. Data shows that […]

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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

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

    Check out this new feature produced by the folks at the Manhattan Institute. At all of us poor saps in the private sector can calculate the pension you would receive if you were a state employee. For instance, if you worked for 40 years and retired at age 65 with an average annual salary of $90k […]

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    North Carolina's Lost Decade

    Posted in Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Lost jobs, lost fiscal restraint by state government, lost opportunities for spending reform, and more lost ground in terms of worker pay. These topics all dominated North Carolina’s economic landscape during the recently-completed decade. In this article just posted at, I examine several of the major fiscal and economic trends in our state from […]

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