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North Carolina lawmakers should take aim at the state's current system of depreciation, as they look for more ways to improve the tax code
North Carolina lawmakers still cannot agree to a final budget. The Senate saw difficulty in compromise, so they decided to move their economic development and Medicaid reform plans out of the budget and into stand-alone bills. Unfortunately, even with this change, the two chambers were unable to...
After nearly eight months of lengthy and heated discussion, Republican leaders in the North Carolina Senate and House have come to a consensus on a $21.7 billion state budget for the next two years. Since education comprises the single biggest item in the state budget, there is a lot of interest...
State Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, warns North Carolina "may be on the way to [becoming] the next Superfund site" because it lacks a closure plan for hundreds of millions of tons of solar farm materials containing hazardous substances when the solar facilities wear out.
Efficient, effective, accountable, and transparent -- are all goals legislators and policy advisors tout when crafting the state's budget. While these outcomes are goals for lawmakers, there are many decisions that must be made in order to achieve these goals. The budget process is not set...
"What do you people want?" I can't tell you the number of times I've been asked that by lawmakers, activists, or reporters who don't share my political views. The term "you people" refers to the modern conservative movement in North Carolina, a phenomenon that still seems to puzzle older politicos a
Efficient, effective, accountable, and transparent -- legislators and policy advisers tout each of these goals when crafting the state's budget. While these outcomes are goals for lawmakers, many decisions must be made in order to achieve these goals.
The John Locke Foundation will focus on freedom as it monitors activity within the N.C. General Assembly in 2015. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray delivered that message Monday.
Gov. Pat McCrory and some leading N.C. lawmakers have taken contrasting positions over taxes and economic development - two topics that are sure to bring many more arguments before budget negotiations or the legislative session are over.
Markets tend to work better than government in helping to solve problems. That's the idea economist Richard Vedder promoted to a group of North Carolina lawmakers during a recent visit to Raleigh. Vedder is a professor at Ohio University, director of the Center for College Affordability and...
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
"What do you people want?" I can't tell you the number of times I've been asked that by lawmakers, activists, or reporters who don't share my political views. The term "you people" refers to the modern conservative movement in North Carolina, a phenomenon that still seems to puzzle older politicos a
Efficient, effective, accountable, and transparent -- legislators and policy advisers tout each of these goals when crafting the state's budget. While these outcomes are goals for lawmakers, many decisions must be made in order to achieve these goals.
The John Locke Foundation will focus on freedom as it monitors activity within the N.C. General Assembly in 2015. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray delivered that message Monday.
Gov. Pat McCrory and some leading N.C. lawmakers have taken contrasting positions over taxes and economic development - two topics that are sure to bring many more arguments before budget negotiations or the legislative session are over.
Markets tend to work better than government in helping to solve problems. That's the idea economist Richard Vedder promoted to a group of North Carolina lawmakers during a recent visit to Raleigh. Vedder is a professor at Ohio University, director of the Center for College Affordability and...
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
The John Locke Foundation will focus on freedom as it monitors activity within the N.C. General Assembly in 2015. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray delivered that message Monday.
Efficient, effective, accountable, and transparent -- legislators and policy advisers tout each of these goals when crafting the state's budget. While these outcomes are goals for lawmakers, many decisions must be made in order to achieve these goals.
"What do you people want?" I can't tell you the number of times I've been asked that by lawmakers, activists, or reporters who don't share my political views. The term "you people" refers to the modern conservative movement in North Carolina, a phenomenon that still seems to puzzle older politicos a
Gov. Pat McCrory and some leading N.C. lawmakers have taken contrasting positions over taxes and economic development - two topics that are sure to bring many more arguments before budget negotiations or the legislative session are over.
Markets tend to work better than government in helping to solve problems. That's the idea economist Richard Vedder promoted to a group of North Carolina lawmakers during a recent visit to Raleigh. Vedder is a professor at Ohio University, director of the Center for College Affordability and...
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
An grass-roots group that backs school choice has asked the state Senate to shift $20 million it targeted for film incentives toward vouchers that would help low-income children attend private schools.
Last week Sens. Warren Daniel (R-Burke County), Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett County) filed a bill (SB 817) to change legislators' terms from two to four years. The bill also limits the number of consecutive terms that legislators could serve to four. (There currently are no
Where can budget writers find savings to help fund priorities such as teacher raises? That's a question on everyone's mind these days.
Civitas Action has released its annual Conservative Effectiveness Ranking of North Carolina state lawmakers for the 2013 legislative session. Scores suggest that the Senate was more conservative than the House last year, with more than half of the Senate members earning an "A", while no House...
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