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Sarah Curry

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

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Oregon returns surplus to taxpayers as part of a ‘kicker’ law

The state of Oregon will send $402 million back to taxpayers next year after the state had a surplus in personal income taxes.  According to The Register-Guard, The estimated median rebate under Oregon’s “kicker” law will be $124, though the value varies significantly based on income. Oregon’s kicker law was created in the 1980s asContinue Reading






NC needs to tell the federal government, “Thanks, but NO THANKS!”

Many of us know that Washington bureaucrats are out of control, but what many of us don’t think about are the impacts this has on states. For example, lets take a look at North Carolina’s budget.  The total budget is around $50 billion, yet the General Fund is around $21 billion.  The Highway and HighwayContinue Reading






Another budget extension….

Guess what?! Another budget extension.  Another extension gives lawmakers until September 18th to complete work on the state’s two-year spending plan.  The Senate had quite a few give their opinion about the dragging budget talks, but the bill to extend funding passed the Senate 37-6.  A short fifteen minutes later, the House passed the legislationContinue Reading






Sin taxes make up 2.7% of NC’s total tax collections

According to a Governing article, State sin tax collections exceeded $32 billion in fiscal year 2014, representing roughly 3.8 percent of total tax revenues. While they’re not a major source of revenue in most states, some do rely on them much more than others. Sin taxes account for the largest share of tax revenues inContinue Reading






NC ranks #33 in property taxes






Interesting jobs for local government

Ever want to work for a local government?  Many people think they probably aren’t qualified or don’t want to do the work that is normal for government – think again!  I was following up on some research and ran across these job postings on a North Carolina’s local government’s website.  I won’t disclose the nameContinue Reading






Paul Coble is newest General Assembly Employee

According to a NC House press release from today, Paul Coble is the new Legislative Services Officer for the NC General Assembly.  Below is the entire press release: Raleigh, N.C. – Today Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced the hire of Paul Y. Coble as Legislative Services OfficerContinue Reading






Triangle Town named #1 place to live in USA

Just outside the metropolis of the capital city in North Carolina lies the small community of Apex.  This year Apex, NC was named by Money Magazine as the number one place to live in the United States. Money magazine has ranked several Triangle towns on their annual “Best Places to Live” list in recent years.Continue Reading






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