Category: Government Reform

  • The deduction for state and local taxes: Fair and efficient tax policy

    Should you ever be taxed on “income” that is not, in any meaningful sense, yours? This is the fundamental question facing Congress in deciding whether to eliminate the deductibility of state income and local property taxes from federal taxable income, a policy change proposed by President Trump. Unfortunately, this question is unlikely…

  • Keeping the politics out of judicial redistricting in North Carolina

    Last spring, Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, filed a bill  that would establish new judicial and prosecutorial districts throughout the state and specify the number of judges and prosecutors for each While House Bill 717 didn’t come to a vote during the regular session, Burr has indicated he would try to have…

  • Board of Governors meets about meetings

    CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is rethinking how it does business. A board subcommittee Oct. 4 held a “meeting to discuss meetings.” The BOG, which sets policies and approves university budgets, must meet at least six times a year. But those discussions…

  • Mercatus report highlights state-level maze of rules

    North Carolina has so many regulations it would take a dozen 40-hour weeks, reading 300 words per minute, to navigate the state administrative code, researchers say. The code contains 109,350 restrictions and some 8.7 million words. The most restrictive regulations involve utilities. Nursing and residential care…

  • Spellings: Higher-ed challenges ID’d a decade ago persist

    CHAPEL HILL — More than 10 years after the Commission on the Future of Higher Education assessed the plight of American universities, experts say the problems they identified remain entrenched, and new challenges strains educators even further. In 2005, then-U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, now president of…

  • State economy is strong, and Republicans still deserve the credit 

    The Republicans have enjoyed majorities in both bodies of the General Assembly for nearly seven years now, and pretty soon Phil Berger and Tim Moore will be asking for two more. This is an appropriate time to assess their performance on the economy. Even under the Perdue and Cooper governorships, policy outputs were shaped greatly by House…