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The latest Civitas poll covers a range of what interests North Carolina - from the economy to a gubernatorial matchup.
Over the next 12 months, expect to hear a great deal about the "Carolina Comeback." It will be the reelection theme for Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders.
If you're thinking North Carolina is getting a bit more crowded, then you're right. State ranks ninth in population and is adding almost 300 new residents daily.
The military supports 578,000 jobs in North Carolina and more than two thirds of those jobs are in the private sector, demonstrating the impact of the military ripples across the state's economy and not just concentrated near military installations. Those are the key findings of a new report release
Governor Pat McCrory signed the NC Competes Jobs Plan today, a key component of his comprehensive strategy to build and strengthen North Carolina's economy by putting more people back to work.
I have never been a fan of the Fair Tax, a proposal to abolish the income tax and substitute a national sales tax. My opposition has nothing to do with the merits of a national sales tax as opposed to an income tax per se. Clearly, as an economist, I agree that the proper and most efficient tax...
Former Florida Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday outlined his economic plan, a proposal he said would lift the economy out of the post-recession "new normal" and "lift up everybody."
Likely North Carolina voters overwhelmingly favor a measure to restrain the growth rate of state spending. According to the April 2011 Civitas Institute poll, 67 percent of respondents support the ideas contained in HB 188 - which would limit the growth rate of the state budget to a formula based...
Many of the controversies roiling public education are traceable to a system that assigns students to schools based on where they live. One North Carolina community that is working hard to remedy this problem through expanding educational opportunity is the town of Wake Forest.
As an economist and a leading conservative, Arthur Brooks heads the American Enterprise Institute. He also champions an important argument many on the right shy away from: Conservatism is morally superior to any other political ideology, for it accomplishments have helped more people than any of...
As the next president of the United States sits down for the first time in the Oval Office, the top item on his to-do list might involve policies designed to boost a sluggish economy. Or perhaps she will survey the international landscape and focus on efforts to crush ISIS and contain Russian and...
North Carolina's largest cities dealt with nearly 240 economic development contracts and promised $65 million in incentives from 2009 to 2014
Governor Pat McCrory said he would veto Senate Bill 369 which would change the sales tax distribution formula in North Carolina.
Today, Governor Pat McCrory launched a new website about the Connect NC bond proposal.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today very positive news for the state of North Carolina, which includes an estimated revenue surplus of approximately $400 million dollars for the current fiscal year which ends June 30. Previous consensus budget forecasts predicted a revenue shortfall of...
Governor Pat McCrory announced today he is nominating Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
Governor Pat McCrory will testify before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Land Resources Subcommittee hearing titled "Examining the Future Impacts of President Obama's Offshore Energy Plan" on Wednesday.
North Carolina has the third highest active duty military presence in the country. 35% of North Carolina's population is military, veteran, spouse, parent or dependent...
"As governor, my approach will be to expand agricultural exports, unleash our energy resources, harness new technology in education, create a climate for existing businesses to expand and new businesses to locate and grow jobs while rebuilding our brand."
When Governor McCrory Was Elected: North Carolina had an unemployment rate of 8.8%, the 5th highest in the nation...
As we travel and meet with family this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are two items that are bound to be on most tables - turkeys and sweet potatoes. North Carolina is ranked first nationally in sweet potato production and second nationally for turkey production. The state's...
Everything has a price, so how much do Americans spend on the spookiest day of the year? Since 2005, the National Retail Federation has conducted a Halloween Consumer Spending Survey to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to Halloween spending. Overall, 162 million people are...
North Carolina is one of the more aggressive states in the nation in licensing occupations. This is a significant impediment to freedom in a state that once boasted, and ought to be able to again, of being "First in Freedom."
The question of whether our state government ought to subsidize historic preservation is distinguishable from the question of how government should deliver those subsidies. Unfortunately, these two issues have been lumped together by lawmakers when discussing the recent sunset of the historic...
As of this writing, the price of gasoline in the Raleigh area has reached lows of below $2.10 a gallon, and many states are seeing prices well under $2.00. Globally, in the last year, the per barrel price of oil has fallen from over $100 a barrel to about $45 with the arrow still pointing downward.
A new study this week estimated that North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (RPS) has increased electricity costs by $276 million, and that the bulk of those costs are concentrated on commercial electricity consumers and residential consumers...
Proving yet again that corporate welfare is a bipartisan problem, four Republican legislators last week introduced House Bill 117, NC Competes Act. The primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Susan Martin (R-Wilson), Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Jeff Collins (R-Nash) and Bob Steinburg...
Politicians love to use their power to dole out favors and privileges to politically-connected special interests. They also love to interfere with the economy, attempting to impose their preferences upon investors and consumers through a hodgepodge of taxpayer handouts and targeted tax breaks.
Gas prices fell below $2.00 a gallon in much of state this month, providing North Carolinians with some extra cash in their pockets to pay off those Christmas credit card bills.
New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civi
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