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Sarah Curry

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

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NC’s Tax Ranking moves to #15

Every year the Tax Foundation publishes the State Business Tax Climate Index that allows taxpayers, businesses and policymakers an easy comparison of how their state’s tax systems relate. This ranking of the states is based on tax policy, and has been very important in North Carolina over the last few years. During the 2013 legislativeContinue Reading

2016 State Business Tax Climate Index

States with the most competitive business tax systems according to the Tax Foundation‘s most recent State Business Tax Climate Index. So what do the top ten tanked states have that North Carolina doesn’t? Property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes are levied in every state, but there are several states that score the highest that doContinue Reading

Press Release from NC Senate

Here is a press release that was sent out this morning from the NC Senate President Pro Tempore’s office: Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) on Tuesday announced the Senate members of the General Assembly’s top government oversight committee.   The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations provides ongoing legislative oversight of stateContinue Reading

A snapshot of NC’s Transportation systems

Graphic taken from: NC DOT overview and MAP-21 Surface Transportation Reauthorization

21 states have increased transportation revenue since 2012, and NC is one of them…

How much are lawmakers really paid?

There is an article floating around complaining about how low NC state lawmakers are paid.  While the article, and state law, mention that members of the General Assembly are paid an annual salary of $13,951 –  That figure is misleading.  According to the legislative finance office, it breaks down to $104/day for 7 days aContinue Reading

New data shows states that expand Medicaid spend more than states that don’t

A Kaiser report shows that state’s that expanded Medicaid have spent more on the program than states that didn’t. Medicaid spending soared nearly 14 percent last year—its biggest annual increase in at least two decades—as a result of millions of newly eligible low-income enrollees signing up under the Affordable Care Act, according to a reportContinue Reading

Property Tax revaluation schedules….time for some counties to reset

Property taxes, while they are the largest revenue source for local governments, have not had much interference at the state level and remain a locally controlled revenue source. Real property is required by the state to be revalued every 8 years, but many counties elect to revalue more frequently. Unfortunately, after a decade of propertyContinue Reading

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