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Sarah Curry

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

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Congress has been busy

Congress had planned to pass a bill that would have permanently renewed certain expired tax breaks.  The White House threatened to veto the deal, and so the House voted on Wednesday, 378-46, to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses through the end of this year.  Some of the tax breaksContinue Reading

Public Schools are largest expenditure in NC General Fund Budget

The total budget for NC is closer to $50 billion and Health and Human Services is higher when we look at total spending.  But at the state General Fund level, public schools are by far the largest expenditure.  See this bar chart published by the Office of State Budget and Management.

Banks allowed to file for bankruptcy under new bill

The US House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would allow banks to begin the bankruptcy process voluntarily.  The bill, “The Financial Institutional Bankruptcy Act of 2014″ passed with bipartisan support.  The intent of the bill is to promote confidence in the financial banking sector.  In 2008, tax dollars were used to bail outContinue Reading

How Much does NC Spend?

When we think of the state budget, we mainly focus on the General Fund.  That is the funding source for education, Medicaid, and a number of other familiar state government services.  But what about all those other non-General Fund expenditures?  For example, transportation and the employment security commission are two large expenditures that are notContinue Reading

Insurance Subsidies heard in US Supreme Court on Friday

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the King v. Burwell case that challenges the legality of federal health care subsidies to low- and middle-income residents who purchase insurance on the federal health care exchange in those 37 states that did not establish their own state-based exchange. This issue for the court is, “Whether the InternalContinue Reading

HHS Awards NC over $40 million in HIV/AIDS grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that more than $2.2 billion in grants were awarded in fiscal 2014 to state and local governments, as well as community-based organizations, under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. These funds are aimed to help people affectedContinue Reading

What is the lame duck Congress up to?

The US Senate and US House went into recess in late September and are now returning to Washington today to resume unfinished business during the lame duck period.  The House is scheduled to take up many bills, including the Government Reports Elimination Act (HR 4194) that would eliminate 48 federal government reports and modify requirementsContinue Reading

Over $60 million spent on Occupationl Licensing Fees in NC

Occupational licensing is a form of government regulation that requires a license to pursue a particular profession or vocation.  Many associate this with licenses obtained by physicians or lawyers, but for many occupations the licensing requirement has created a barrier to entry and results in higher cost for consumers.  North Carolina features 51 occupational licensingContinue Reading

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