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    Progressivity And The Flat Tax

    posted December 13, 2016 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Is the the idea of a “progressive flat tax” an oxymoron? The typical argument for a broad-based flat-rate income tax, also called a single rate or proportional…
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    Rocky Mount Event Center

    posted December 7, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2012, residents of Rocky Mount started hearing about plans for an event center. The city council was talking about a project that would spur downtown economic development and…
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    Forsyth County Bond Referenda

    posted November 3, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    Forsyth County residents will be voting next week on a set of bond issues totaling $430 million. The largest one is $350 million for local schools, but there are two…
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    The Regulatory Burden in North Carolina: What Are the Costs?

    posted November 5, 2015 by Paul Bachman, Michael Head, Frank Conte
    This report is an attempt to identify the scope and cost of regulations in the state of North Carolina. The state’s record is mixed in terms of regulatory burden. One prominent index ranks North Carolina fifth in the nation when it comes to business friendliness. In contrast, the John Locke Foundation’s “First in Freedom Index” ranks North Carolina 36th in “regulatory freedom.”
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    Economic Incentives: County By County

    posted July 8, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    Between FY 2009 and FY 2014, 81 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties participated in economic development activities. Counties entered into 776 contracts worth nearly $284 million in incentives over the five-year period. Actual payments, however, totaled $144 million.
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    The Map Act: The end of the road?

    posted May 31, 2015 by Jon Guze
    The Map Act is inefficient, unfair, unconstitutional, and unnecessary. It should be repealed.

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