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    Lower Taxes, Higher Growth: Scholarly Research Reveals Economic Benefits of Fiscal Restraint

    posted April 14, 2014 by John Hood
    Most studies find that lower levels of taxes and spending, less-intrusive regulation, and lower energy prices correlate with stronger economic performance. The implications of this research track well with recent public policies adopted in North Carolina. Judging from the available empirical evidence, North Carolina’s new policy mix is likely to result in stronger economic growth in the coming years.
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    Wrong Way: How the Map Act threatens NC property owners

    posted March 5, 2014 by Tyler Younts
    The North Carolina Map Act virtually freezes property development within proposed road corridors and can encumber and devalue property indefinitely. North Carolina should protect the constitutional property rights of its citizens by repealing or reforming the Map Act.
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    Common Core State Standards: The way forward

    posted February 18, 2014 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The NC General Assembly should create two permanent commissions charged with raising the quality and rigor of state standards, curricula, and assessments. Each commission should employ a large and diverse group of stakeholders and should modify or replace the Common Core State Standards, specify content that aligns with the standards, recommend a testing program, and provide ongoing review.
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    City and County Issue Guide 2014

    posted February 4, 2014 by Research Staff
    Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.
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    Tax Cuts for All: Tax Reform Means Savings to All NC Income Groups

    posted January 15, 2014 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    The average North Carolina household in every income category received a tax cut from the 2013 tax reform. Considering both 2011 and 2013 tax changes, the average household in both the lowest and highest income categories is receiving a tax cut of about 1 percent of income.

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