Category Archives: Taxes

British historian Johnson worries his own country might follow France’s lead

Historian Paul Johnson‘s latest column for Forbes spells out some key problems plaguing France. Johnson worries his home country might follow suit in the not-too-distant future. AT PRESENT FRANCE IS a good example of how not to run a country. President François Hollande says he’s a socialist, but he has an upper-class lifestyle and refersContinue 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

Canada shows the way on USAs

Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute highlights some positive news from our neighbors to the North. A tax reform is spurring a savings revolution in Canada. Amity Shlaes and I wrote about Canada’s Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) in the Wall Street Journal in August. We think that such accounts would be a fantastic policy reformContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

With all of the recent debate about reducing health care costs, there’s been little discussion about opening up competition by scrapping the state’s certificate-of-need law. Katherine Restrepo analyzes North Carolina’s CON restrictions during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses two key N.C. government revenue sources: the state lottery and local propertyContinue Reading

Did time spent with Helms pay off for U2 singer?

Perhaps some of the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms’ fiscal conservatism rubbed off on his buddy Bono. How else might one explain the U2 singer’s apparent understanding of the impact of corporate tax rates, as documented by the Washington Free Beacon? U2 frontman Bono defended Ireland’s lowest-in-the-world corporate tax rate as a boon for theContinue Reading

Cell Phone Taxes, NC is ranked 33rd

The Tax Foundation has released a report on wireless taxation across America, and North Carolina is the 33rd highest. Below is the detailed information about North Carolina. Wireless State-Local Rate Federal USF Rate Combined Federal/State/Local Rate 8.46% 5.82% 14.28%   If you want to read more, you can check out the entire report here.

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Duke University research scholar Chris Conover about the overstated risks for people without health insurance. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal examines the N.C. counties seeking voter support this fall for sales tax increases.

Ashe County to raise Sales tax for Hospital subsidy

There are seven counties with quarter-cent increases to their sales taxes on the ballot in November.  For Ashe County, this will be the first time on the ballot. While many local governments claim they will collect the tax for a specific purpose, that is not permissible by law.  Any revenue generated from the local-option, quarter-centContinue Reading