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    7 Keys To Sustainable Budgets

    posted April 24, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina has reduced tax rates in four of the last six years while building its savings to the highest level in history. We present seven traditions, institutions, and processes…
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    North Carolina Budget in Pictures FY2017-18

    posted April 12, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    The state budget is one of the most important bills the North Carolina General Assembly considers each year. For the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2018, the…
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    The Special Interest Effect

    posted July 5, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    What do subsidies for “green” energy, mandated health insurance benefits, and quotas on imported sugar all have in common? Most obviously, all three policies generate a wealth transfer from the…
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    Consensus-Based Budgeting

    posted June 13, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How consensus-based budgeting works Most people are familiar with the concept of logrolling: accepting someone else’s proposal to get their acceptance of yours. In government, it often means more programs…
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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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    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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    Wake County Recommends Transit Plan To Nowhere

    posted October 14, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    On November 8, voters in Wake County will be presented with a ballot full of national, state, and local races. But they will also face a question that could cost them billions of dollars over the next decade.
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    The Cost Of Bike Lanes

    posted July 19, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    Millions Of Your Money Spent On Vanity Projects for The 1%?
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    Spotlight 477: Capital Gains

    posted June 22, 2016 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    How North Carolina double taxes capital gains and what to do about it

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