Category: Taxes and Budget

  • Path of Least Resistance

    Our state leaders may talk a good game about tax reform, but they either don't really understand the issue or don't much care about it.

  • A Highway Fact That Isn’t

    North Carolina does not have the second-largest highway system in the nation – it has the second-largest government-maintained system, a big difference.

  • Will the Budget Shrink?

    The governor claimed earlier this week that his budget would reduce state spending for the first time in a generation. The statement is incorrect, even though the governor could have made a similar claim with more credibility.

  • Will the Budget Shrink?

    The governor claimed earlier this week that his budget would reduce state spending for the first time in a generation. The statement is incorrect, even though the governor could have made a similar claim with more credibility.

  • N.C. Investors Look Elsewhere

    New data from the Secretary of State's office suggests that North Carolina investors are looking to other states for places to risk their venture capital, suggesting that adverse tax and regulatory policies are hampering our state's entrepreneurial climate.

  • Slowpoke on Income Growth

    Yet another federal report has come out showing North Carolina lagging the rest of the region in economic growth. Personal income in the state barely grew from 2000 to 2001 — and much of the growth that did occur was in government cash.

  • A Good Idea from Charlotte

    Yes, the Queen City occasionally has something to teach the rest of the state — this time the lesson is about using private contractors to deliver Medicaid services more efficiently.

  • First in Bloat

    Two studies out this week confirm that North Carolina leads most of the South in taxes and spending, with our state and local tax burden now significantly higher than the tax burden in so-called "Taxachusetts."…

  • What Is College Worth?

    If a college education offers the kinds of financial returns that students are promised, why isn't it valuable enough to pay a reasonable price for?…