Category Archives: Taxes

Federal judge sides with Oklahoma that IRS unlawfully rewrote Obamacare rules

Oklahoma was the first state to challenge Obamacare in the courts for what is widely considered an unlawful rewrite of the Affordable Care Act by the IRS. “We believe that our position is strong on the merits. We believe that the IRS is acting clearly inconsistent with the statute, that they don’t have the authority thatContinue Reading

DPI: State education funding up over $200 per student this year

About a week ago, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) updated a one-page document titled Trends: Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars.  The publication was developed in 2012 by an advisor to Governor Bev Perdue and was later posted on the N.C. DPI website, as I explain here.  Now that Bev Perdue has moved on,Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on Richmond County’s proposed sales tax increase for a Rockingham sports complex. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal rebuts myths about recent N.C. education spending levels.

Long-term N.C. road-funding challenges

North Carolina has the second-largest network of state-maintained roads in the country and one of the nation’s highest gas taxes. Plus motor vehicles’ increased fuel efficiency means that the gas tax will bring in less revenue as time goes on. Gary Harris, executive director of N.C. Petroleum and Convenience Marketers, discussed the implications for theContinue Reading

Hood enlightens National Review readers on state tax issues

John Hood’s latest article for the print edition of National Review critiques the methodology used in the new book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States. While sympathetic with the book’s aim, Hood takes issue with its central premise — “the proposition that state income taxes are an original sinContinue Reading

Iredell bond campaign follows playbook, uses kids as props

Cute kids. Ugly politics. More from the Our Schools First Facebook page:

Iredell schools distributing “Vote Yes” signs

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New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on a new John Locke Foundation study calling for repeal or reduction of North Carolina’s capital gains tax. John Hood’s Daily Journal refutes false claims about Republican legislators and state education spending.