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(8.06.08) Budgeting on Borrowed Time: FY 2009 budget has excessive spending, no saving, and a lot more debt

The North Carolina General Assembly approved a $21.4 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, up 3.4 percent from FY 2008, with $21.2 billion in appropriations for operating expenses, up 4.0 percent. As usual, the final budget was prepared behind closed doors by the House Speaker and President Pro Tem of the Senate with minimal involvement from all but a dozen legislators of either party and little opportunity for the public or other legislators to review spending proposals before a final vote.


(7.29.08) North Carolinaís Unfair Auto Insurance System

North Carolina’s government-controlled auto insurance system is unfair to good drivers because it overcharges them in order to subsidize some of the state’s more risky and dangerous drivers. Every auto insurance policy written in the state has a hidden tax – which averages 6 percent – that goes to the government-mandated, privately run insurance pool.

Download PDF file: North Carolina’s Unfair Auto Insurance System (544 kb)


(6.23.08) Ten Myths of the Annexation Process: The truth is, N.C.'s annexation law lets municipalities run wild

The annexation law, despite hollow claims to the contrary, imposes few requirements on municipalities and offers little protection for citizens when it comes to forced annexation.
Municipalities can forcibly annex areas that do not meet density requirements.


(6.23.08) Budget Progress and Regress: Better budget ideas from N.C. Senate, but a worse budget

The North Carolina Senate approved $21.2 billion in appropriations for operating expenses in fiscal year (FY) 2009, which would be a 3.9 percent increase from FY 2008, which ends June 30. Senators would add $135 million in capital spending and $672 million in debt that would not face voter approval. Total appropriations would be 3.4 percent higher than in FY 2008.


(6.17.08) N.C. Houseís FY 2009 Budget: Smaller than the governorís, but not any better

The North Carolina House passed a $21.35 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, with $21.18 billion for continuing operations, which would be increases of 3.3 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively, from FY2008. Teachers would receive an average 3.0 percent pay increase and state employees 2.75 percent. Those raises would total $367 million.


(6.11.08) Special-Needs Tax Credits: Giving parents a choice in education

Our public schools are struggling to meet the needs of special-needs students throughout North Carolina. During 2006-07 school year, less than 50 percent of high-school students with disabilities graduated in four years. A legislative analysis found that the state would save at least $3 million a year in the cost of educating special-needs students, so long as at least five percent of the special-needs students in public schools transfer to a private provider or facility.


(6.10.08) End the Commission ó Or Mend It: The Climate Change Commission fails to stick to its mission

The Legislative Commission on Global Climate Changeís work expired in April 2008. The legislature currently is considering the extension of the commissionís work. A commission to study global climate change can serve a vital purpose, but unfortunately this commission has failed miserably.


(6.09.08) Where the Bodies Are Buried: How experts for N.C.ís Attorney General mislead the public about TVA air pollution risks

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) operates 11 coal-fired power plants in the southeastern United States. These plants emit nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2), which contribute to particulate matter (PM) and ozone in the eastern U.S., including North Carolina.


(6.03.08) Center for Local Innovation City & County Issue Guide 2008

North Carolina local government policymakers face many important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems faced by the citizens of the state. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians.

To reach the City & County Issue Guide home page, click here.


(5.28.08) Common-Sense TIF Reforms: Ways to Avoid Randy Parton Theatre-Like Debacles and Other Disasters

Tax increment financing (TIF) is a type of public-debt financing that is supposed to promote private economic development in designated districts through the development of public improvement projects.


(5.15.08) Sustainable Growth: Principles and Policies

This report on sustainable growth is the third in a series of annual research papers from the John Locke Foundation devoted to explaining the principles of free markets and applying them to current controversies in North Carolina.


(5.14.08) Fiscal Transparency in N.C.: Surveying state and local governments

Citizens donít have the ability to easily track how state and local governments spend their tax dollars ó but they should. Budget information isnít available online in easily searchable databases, but it should be. Citizens shouldnít have to make special requests to obtain budget information.


(5.14.08) Saving, Spending and Taxing: Governor proposes $1 billion in new operating appropriations

Gov. Easley proposed $21.4 billion in state appropriations for continuing operations in fiscal year 2009, up $1 billion (4.9 percent) from the final budget for fiscal year 2008. Combined pay increases, including one-time bonuses, for teachers and state employees total $594 million. Less than a fifth of the $400 million in spending reductions are much more than reclaiming money that would not otherwise be spent.


(5.13.08) Low-Cost Energy: Critical for the Economy and Our Way of Life

Low-cost energy is not only critical to the economy, but also to our health, safety, and general welfare. Despite concerns over energy prices, policymakers are intentionally increasing energy prices through new taxes and regulations.


(5.01.08) The Economics of Climate Change Legislation in North Carolina

The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., reviews policies under consideration in North Carolina to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Supporters contend those policies would help North Carolina respond to climate change. Supporters also contend the policies would produce positive economic benefits.

This report rebuts the advocates’ economic arguments. Beacon Hill Institute researchers find “serious methodological flaws” in the documents used to justify the climate change policies.


(4.30.08) Un-Affordable Housing: Cities keep low- and middle-income families from home ownership

Many North Carolina cities use affordable-housing policies to provide housing to low-income citizens. No doubt started with the best intentions, those policies ignore fundamental economic realities and produce the opposite effect than was intended.


(4.24.08) Does Greene need a sales tax increase?

The Greene County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $3.3 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs and more than 19 times the amount than the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.24.08) Does Hertford need a sales tax increase?

The Hertford County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies nearly $6.2 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.24.08) Does Rockingham need a sales tax increase?

The Rockingham County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies nearly $28 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 16 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.24.08) Does Tyrrell need a land-transfer tax increase?

The Tyrrell County commissioners are asking county residents to triple the land-transfer tax rate on May 6 (from 0.2 to 0.6 percent). This report identifies nearly $2.3 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than four times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.22.08) Does Onslow need a sales tax increase?

The Onslow County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $34.8 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than eight times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.22.08) Does Wilkes need a sales tax increase?

The Wilkes County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies over $16.7 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.22.08) Does Wilson need a sales tax increase?

The Wilson County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $23.2 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.21.08) Does Guilford need a sales tax increase?

The Guilford County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies nearly $83.4 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over five times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Ashe need a land-transfer tax increase?

The Ashe County commissioners are asking county residents to triple the land-transfer tax rate on May 6 (from 0.2 to 0.6 percent). This report identifies $9.4 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — nearly 10 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


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