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    Time for a change: New legislature should realign its positions on environmental issues

    posted February 14, 2011 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Over the last decade, North Carolina has led the way among southern states in advancing a more extreme environmentalist agenda. The General Assembly's new Republican majority should start anew on environmental issues. Legislators should put environmental policy into the context of the ideas of liberty, personal responsibility, and economic growth that the party ran on last fall.
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    Just Not Worth the Gamble: The NC Education Lottery’s many problems have a common solution

    posted February 1, 2011 by Jon Sanders
    The North Carolina Education Lottery was sold as a way to boost education spending, but N.C. boasts the same problem found in other lottery states: a declining rate of spending for education, especially in comparison with the rest of the state budget. Furthermore, poverty, unemployment, and property tax rates remain the best predictors of lottery sales.
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    A Million Wasn’t Enough? Montgomery County commissioners want even more tax money

    posted October 17, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Daren Bakst
    Montgomery county commissioners have raised the property tax by nine cents over the last two years, from 58 cents to 67 cents per $100 valuation — a 15.5 percent increase. Now the commissioners want $225,000 tax increase (an amount about the same as another one-cent increase in the property tax). If voters approve this tax increase, the total tax increase over the last three years would be $2.1 million.
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    Speculators’ Tax in Alleghany? County commissioners seek tax grab based on guesses

    posted October 13, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Alleghany County commissioners are asking county voters to approve a $160,000 tax increase at a time of high unemployment. That amount would be equal to a property tax increase of 0.9 cents per hundred dollars of value. County operating budget appropriations for fiscal year 2011 are $570,274 higher than in fiscal year 2009 – an amount 3.5 times as much as what the tax would generate.
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    A Taxing Legacy in Cherokee: County voters face vote on higher taxes proposed by rejected commissioners

    posted October 12, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Outgoing Cherokee County commissioners are asking voters to approve a $600,000 tax increase, an amount equivalent to a property tax increase of 1.5 cents per hundred dollars of value. County voters already rejected all three county commissioners who proposed the tax hike, but those lame-duck commissioners have since committed nearly $10 million to expand and renovate the courthouse.
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    Get the Math Right: Columbus County leaders are wrong about proposed tax hike’s size, need

    posted October 12, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Columbus County commissioners are overselling the value of a proposed tax increase to voters by at least $300,000. County commissioners have repeatedly said the new quarter-cent sales tax increase would raise $1.0 million, but recent county estimates suggest the tax would bring in about $700,000. That would be equivalent to a 2.2-cent property tax rate increase.
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    A Question of Trust: Alamance County commissioners don’t trust voters; can voters trust them?

    posted October 11, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Alamance County commissioners are asking county voters to approve a $2.4 million tax increase at a time of high unemployment. This amount is equal to a property tax increase of 1.9 cents per hundred dollars of value. The three commissioners who supported the tax hike rejected a public hearing on the referendum.
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    Strike Four? Despite three strikes on tax hikes, Harnett County officials try again

    posted October 11, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Harnett County commissioners are asking county voters to approve a $1.2 million tax increase at a time of high unemployment. This amount is equal to a property tax increase of 1.8 cents per hundred dollars of value. This is the third time county officials have sought a higher sales tax and the fourth vote on higher taxes since 2007. Voters soundly rejected each of the earlier attempts.

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