Civitas Review

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    Sep
    03

    Cut This, Go Home

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

    This week, Civitas has been running a series called "Cut This, Go Home." With the state budget still unresolved two months into the fiscal year, we figured we could remind legislators of some items they could cut in order to help wrap things up so they could all go home. After all, as Mark Twain […]

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    Aug
    13

    State Budget Negotiations Go Into Second Overtime

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

    With still no agreement between the state House and Senate on a state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that began on July 1, the House and Senate have come to an agreement to grant another continuing resolution – this one until until August 31.  State House and Senate lawmakers voted Wednesday to give themselves […]

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    Jul
    21

    NC Biotech Center: Time to End Taxpayer Gravy Train

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

    Today's News & Observer has an article featuring the NC Biotechnology Center – noting that the Senate's budget proposal would eliminate taxpayer funding for the Center, while the House budget includes continued taxpayer support to the tune of $13.6 million. Last fall, Civitas featured the Biotech Center as a Waste of the Week, arguing that […]

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    Jun
    22

    State Budget Unlikely to be Finalized Before Start of Fiscal Year

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

    Several significant differences between the House budget plan and the Senate budget proposal are unlikely to be worked out before the July 1 beginning of the new fiscal year. According to this WRAL report: Speaking just after the Senate had passed its draft Thursday, President Pro Tem Phil Berger acknowledged it was unlikely the House […]

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    May
    26

    Construction Crony: Raise Taxes to Benefit My Company!

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

    At a conference in Winston-Salem last week, government officials and minority business owners discussed the issue of minority-owned businesses receiving a larger share of state government contracts. When discussion turned to a potential $2.8 billion worth of bonds being proposed for state buildings and roads, one of the representatives from a business seeking to benefit […]

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