Tag:taxpayer

  • Friday Interview: Supreme Court Ruling Should Impact N.C. Elections

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s system of awarding taxpayer money called “matching funds” to political candidates participating in a state campaign finance program could be headed toward the scrap heap. A June U.S. Supreme Court ruling points in that direction. Daren Bakst, Director of Legal and Regulatory Studies for the John…

  • Friday Interview: Taxpayer-Funded Elections Explained

    RALEIGH — Some people equate the concept of “clean elections” with taxpayer funding of election campaigns. That equation is wrong, according to Bradley Smith, professor of law at Capital University, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Smith discussed taxpayer-funded election campaigns…

  • Friday Interview: Taxpayer Financing of Elections Questioned

    RALEIGH — Some critics contend that North Carolina needs to get “big money” out of politics. State lawmakers have responded to that argument by starting taxpayer financing of races for appellate court seats and some Council of State offices. But a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling casts serious doubt on…

  • New JLF Measure Assigns D Grade to N.C. Government

    RALEIGH — North Carolina earns a D grade for its Taxpayers’ Return on Investment, a new measure that compares states’ tax burdens to their performance in education, road quality, health, and crime, along with income and population growth. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains that grade.

  • Friday Interview: Taxpayer Standing

    RALEIGH — In today’s Friday interview, Carolina Journal’s Mitch Kokai discusses taxpayer “standing” issues with Bob Orr, former N.C. Supreme Court Justice and executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. The interview aired on Carolina Journal Radio (click here to find the station near you).

  • The Magic of Private Goods

    What do the new Harry Potter movie and fireworks displays have in common? Each has its 'magical' component. Yet, objections to screening Harry Potter films in publicly-subsidized theaters like Raleigh's IMAX at Exploris are entirely justified. These commercial films should not qualify for taxpayer-subsidized presentation. They are neither undersupplied, nor…