• Policy Position

    State Spending Restraint

    posted May 13, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina has one of the strictest balanced-budget requirements in the country. It requires not just balance on paper, but that the governor “shall effect the necessary economies in…
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    Capital and Infrastructure

    posted May 13, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    State property and roads are the most tangible symbols of government. When roads are in disrepair and buildings are dilapidated, citizens wonder what their money buys. Capital projects, such as…
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    Federal Aid Dependency

    posted May 13, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Federal funds are tempting, but they create risks for states.  North Carolina is no exception. First, they leave the state and those who rely on the federally funded programs vulnerable…
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    Film Grants

    posted May 13, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    “Bull Durham,” “Last of the Mohicans,” “Dirty Dancing,” and most other beloved “North Carolina films” were produced without film production grants. They were made years before state officials ever…
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    State Employee Benefits

    posted May 13, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    The state government is the largest employer in North Carolina with more than 300,000 full-time-equivalent positions who have been working for the state an average of 11 years. State employees…
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    State Budgeting

    posted May 13, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    State government needs revenue to pay for the goods and services it provides, and the state raises that revenue by imposing personal income, sales, and other taxes on its residents.
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    Tax Reform

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    For many years, it was recognized that North Carolina’s tax system needed a major overhaul. The system was a model of hodgepodge tax policy with high marginal rates on personal…
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    Connectivity and Broadband

    posted May 13, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    Broadband access is one of the most hotly debated issues for rural North Carolina. In many of the most rural parts of the state, reliable, high-speed internet service is either…
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    Economic Growth

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Beginning in 2013, with the passage of tax and regulatory reform, the North Carolina legislature began consciously to pursue policies that are meant to expand economic growth. That is, policies…
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    Economic Impact Studies

    posted May 13, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Whether it’s to support a new highway project, special tax breaks for solar energy, the building of a civic center or sports complex, or to promote subsidies for Hollywood film…

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