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Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

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Lawmakers tout lowering gas tax as session accomplishment, but they actually raised it

The 2015 long session did not disappoint, because it was definitely long.  Lawmakers tackled many issues including Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and tax changes.  But one major issue that many took interest was the change to the gas tax.  If you don’t remember, the gas tax earlier this year was 37.5¢ per gallon and theContinue Reading

NC can take a lesson from Wyoming

A new article from Governing, touches on rainy day funds and when it is time to use the funds set aside by state’s. North Carolina put aside millions into its rainy day fund, to offset an unforeseen natural disaster or another recession.  Now the question that must be raised is…..When do you spend the money?Continue Reading

New Study of how Federal Spending affects state budgets

North Carolina is no stranger to how the federal government’s programs affect our state budget.  Take Medicaid for example, it has caused a problem for state budgets for years – and it is a federal program that receives a significant amount of federal spending.  If the federal government can’t keep it’s financial obligation, the stateContinue Reading

NC Senate passes legislation to ban ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Here is a press release that was sent out by the NC Senate this morning on sanctuary cities. A bill tentatively passed by the North Carolina Senate on Thursday would ban N.C. localities from acting as ‘sanctuary cities’ that ignore federal laws against illegal immigration.   Earlier this year, national news outlets reported that theContinue Reading

NC House votes on Economic Development

The NC House voted today on the NC Competes Act, which is a bill which will increase incentives in the state.  The complete press release is below: Today the North Carolina House of Representatives passed HB-117: NC Competes Act with a bipartisan vote of 84-24. HB-117 will now need a signature from Governor McCrory, whoContinue Reading

NC Senate passes final bond proposal

A press release from the NC Senate was released today following a vote they had on a bond package. In a strong bipartisan vote Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a final $2 billion bond package to support critical infrastructure needs in the state’s public universities, community colleges, National Guard installations and local waterContinue Reading

Medicaid reform bill passes Senate

Medicaid reform has been a topic for many years.  As the largest budget expenditure after education, Medicaid has caused budget problems for years – and now the legislature is determined to reform the program to give better care and more budget predictability.  Below is the press release that came out this morning from the NCContinue Reading

NC Senate voted to increase corporate welfare

A press release was sent out by the NC Senate late last night about their vote to extend the JDIG program for an additional 3 years.  See the entire release below: In a unanimous vote, the North Carolina Senate on Monday tentatively passed legislation that will continue efforts to recruit new jobs and businesses toContinue Reading

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