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Sarah Curry

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

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Bonds on the ballot

North Carolina hasn’t seen a state-wide bond referendum since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean the local governments haven’t had a bond on the ballot.  This year there are a number of bond items on the ballot including water systems, parks and recreation, schools, sidewalks, and many more.  Some for the county, and some areContinue Reading

Do we spend more on Politics or Halloween?

Everything has a price, so how much do Americans spend on the spookiest day of the year? Since 2005, the National Retail Federation has conducted a Halloween Consumer Spending Survey to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to Halloween spending. Overall, 162 million people are expected to celebrate Halloween in 2014, spending $7.4 billion inContinue Reading

10 Sales Tax Referendums on the Ballot

  Anson County has only had a sales tax increase on its ballot one time prior, and that was in 2008. The decision to be placed on the ballot passed the county commission 7-0. The estimated $300,000 in revenue will be used for increased teacher supplements. Education makes up 15% of the county’s total expenditures,Continue Reading

Guilford Sales tax hike expected to fail

According to a poll by Americans for Prosperity North Carolina, 50% oppose and only 37% support for increasing Guilford County’s sales tax.  Counties have the option to vote for a quarter-cent increase to their already 2% local sales tax rate.  This November is the fourth time Guilford County will have this tax increase on the ballot,Continue Reading

The Federal Stimulus finally over

While many of us think the bailout and the federal stimulus was something that just occurred during the recession, here is a press release from the financial services committee about the end to quantitate easing.  Many believe the next recession is just around the corner, maybe this time the government will think twice before gettingContinue Reading

Tillis Press Release on Eugenics Payments

State Senator gives back illegal campaign donation

Not a story you hear everyday, but NC State Senator Kathy Harrington found an error and reported it to the State Board of Elections.  In a day when many have a hard time trusting their elected officials, its nice to know that some acknowledge errors when they happen and take action to correct them.  See theContinue Reading

How High is NC’s Gas Tax? and why….

How high is the gas tax in North Carolina?  Well, for starters, lets go back to 1980 when the tax was only 9 cents per gallon.  If we adjust that for inflation, that is 26 cents today. Today the state’s gasoline tax is 36.5 cents per gallon.  The difference between 1980 and today in realContinue Reading

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