Category Archives: Taxes

Property Tax cut proposal in North Dakota

BISMARCK, North Dakota North Dakota’s state tax commissioner has proposed a more than $1.3 billion property tax relief plan. Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger on Monday said the proposal could give the owners of a $200,000 home an average of $2,000 in annual property tax savings. Property tax in North Dakota is assessed based on the estimatedContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Now that North Carolina lawmakers have finished their 2014-15 state budget plan, Becki Gray and Terry Stoops offer their analysis of the budget’s key provisions during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Leading media attorney Mark Prak discusses some proposals from the Federal Communications Commission that are raising red flags for broadcasters, and you’llContinue Reading

NCAE proudly posts photo of meeting with Jim Hunt

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page: The photo also includes NCAE’s “messaging ideas,” which are written on a large sheet of paper behind Governor Hunt.  I’ll try my best to decipher the writing, but none of them are terribly revealing. – NCAE = public education students, educators, and ESP’s [educationContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. House vote to kill a bill expanding targeted tax incentives. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina does not need to abandon its winning playbook in pursuing economic growth.

The information gap

The Education Next — Program on Education Policy and Governance — Survey 2014, a nationally representative sample of over 5,000 adults, was released today. As usual, I found that the “information gap” questions to be the most telling.  For example, respondents were asked to estimate the average per pupil expenditure for their local school district.Continue Reading

N.C. Appeals Court affirms ruling against counties in Hotels.com occupancy tax fight

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed this morning the state business court’s ruling against Wake, Mecklenburg, Buncombe, and Dare counties in an occupancy tax dispute involving Hotels.com and other online travel companies. The counties had contended that the online travel companies charged their customers a higher rate for hotel roomsContinue Reading

Are ‘inversions’ really bad for the economy?

The Obama administration has been raising a stink about so-called “inversions,” cases of American-based companies moving operations to another country with a more favorable tax climate. But Alex Adrianson of the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” highlights an alternative view on the issue. President Obama says it’s unpatriotic for U.S. companies to merge with foreign corporationsContinue Reading

If you’re grumbling about the end of North Carolina’s sales-tax holiday …

Perhaps you should read Jeff Jacoby‘s latest Boston Globe column, which focuses on the upcoming sales-tax holiday weekend in Massachusetts. Two days of tax-free shopping, a chance to buy that new freezer or computer or necklace — or simply to stock up on school supplies, toiletries, and batteries — without having to pay the state’sContinue Reading