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Sarah Curry

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

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What’s happening in Washington…..

The discussions in Washington continue to be about a Continuing Resolution (CR) and when the House and Senate will agree and vote to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government operating, at least until mid-December. Recent events have caused the House to debate whether or not to attach military language to the CRContinue Reading

North Carolina received four TIGER Grants from the US Dept of Transportation

Late last week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that about $600 million would be awarded through TIGER Grants (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) for fiscal year 2014. There were 72 projects awarded in 46 states, North Carolina received four grants.   North Carolina had one in the Asheville area, two in the piedmont, and oneContinue Reading

A Special Session for Economic Incentives…..?

This is what our friends at the Tax Foundation have to say about the rumblings that there could possibly be a special session called by the legislature to discuss economic incentives.  Instead of special breaks for big corporations, maybe an equal and fair across the board tax for everyone is what would really attract businessContinue Reading

Why is Haywood the only county that elects its Tax Collector?

Positions in local governments are sometimes elected or appointed, depending on the position and the jurisdiction. Tax collectors are typically an appointed position, with the exception of Haywood County. Haywood County is the only county in North Carolina that still elects its Tax Collector. This was made possible by a law passed in the GeneralContinue Reading

Will the Feds pass a Budget?

Both the US Senate and House reconvened this week after their five-week recess they normally take during the month of August. The most pressing piece of legislation on their docket is a stopgap spending bill, or continuing resolution, to maintain funding for the federal government when the current fiscal year ends on September 30, 2014.Continue Reading

What’s happening on Capitol Hill

This week the House is expected to vote on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government after the fiscal year ends on September 30, 2014. This short-term CR, which is expected to continue funding through mid-December, is not the only important item on the House’s docket. There is also a bill up forContinue Reading

BB&T to purchase The Bank of Kentucky

BB&T has announced for the second time this month that it will be acquiring new branches and expanding the bank’s footprint in the United States.  Last week, BB&T announced ti would buy 41 branches in Texas from Citibank and this week it announced it is going to purchase The Bank of Kentucky and acquire 32Continue Reading

Federal Poverty Levels

We often hear references to the federal poverty level when discussing government welfare programs.  I always get confused when I hear it in the form of a percentage since I don’t know what the poverty level is in terms of salary.  The simple answer is…it depends. The poverty level for one person is $11,670 perContinue Reading

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