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    State Budget Includes $20 Million in Local Government Grants

    posted June 22, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    This week, the North Carolina General Assembly released its 2017-18 conference committee budget.  And there are certainly implications for local governments!  I’ve spent this week trying to figure out just…
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    Budgeting for the Long-Term

    posted June 22, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    It is easy to become complacent, to think that things now are as they always have been and always will be. But as Heraclitus and Disney’s Pocahontas both remind us,…
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    Highlights of NC’s HHS Budget

    posted June 22, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    North Carolina’s final $23 billion budget for the fiscal years 2017-19 has arrived. Some takeaways from the money report and bill text of the Health and Human Services (HHS) section are…
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    Tax Progressivity: First Do No Harm

    posted June 22, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    A progressive tax system is based on the premise that it is a moral imperative for government to tax people at increasingly higher rates as their incomes go up.  The…
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    What Would House Bill 589 Mean for Energy Consumers?

    posted June 20, 2017 by Jon Sanders
    House Bill 589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for NC,” would be a major restructuring of energy policy in North Carolina. Here is a brief look into select aspects of the…
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    Apprenticeships Are Not A Silver Bullet

    posted June 13, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    For decades, economists have considered the costs and benefits of adopting variations of highly developed apprenticeship systems operating in Germany and Switzerland. Such efforts are based on the belief that…

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