Brian Balfour

Senior Vice President of Research

Posts by Brian Balfour (page 4)

  • Seven rotten aspects of North Carolina’s Apple deal

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID lockdown orders forcibly closed down thousands of small businesses across North Carolina – many of which will have to close their doors forever. So imagine their reaction to the news yesterday that Apple – the largest corporation on the planet – is…
    Brian Balfour, April 27, 2021
  • Five Reasons North Carolina Needs a Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    Legislators last week introduced SB 717, Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The bill would put to a vote of the people in 2022 an amendment to the state constitution that would place sensible restrictions to the annual growth rate of the state budget. Below are five reasons North Carolina needs…
    Brian Balfour, April 19, 2021
  • Why don’t we hear about “crumbling” private infrastructure?

    In making the case against Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, George Mason University economist Veronique de Rugy makes an interesting point: While it’s impossible to hear about public infrastructure without the word “crumbling” being attached, de Rugy reminds us that “the private sector doesn’t seem…
    Brian Balfour, April 15, 2021
  • Voter ID and the “disparate impact” sham

    The state superior court this week began hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed to overturn North Carolina’s 2018 voter ID requirement. A cornerstone of the case made by those challenging the voter ID requirement is to taint the ID requirement as “racist” because it disproportionately impacts African Americans. “Black…
    Brian Balfour, April 14, 2021
  • The negative impacts of Biden’s “infrastructure” plan for NC they don’t want you to know

    The Biden administration is putting on a propaganda blitz to garner support for its $2 trillion “infrastructure” plan. Part of that blitz includes “fact sheets” for every state. Here is their list for North Carolina. The list itemizes billions to be spent on everything from roads…
    Brian Balfour, April 13, 2021
  • State carbon tax proposal exposes progressives’ cognitive dissonance

    A bill sponsored by Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) would levy a tax on “any carbon-based fuel product sold, used, or entered into the State.” Fortunately, the bill isn’t expected to go anywhere this session. The “carbon tax” bill is designed to punish the use of greenhouse…
    Brian Balfour, April 9, 2021
  • New bills would eliminate CON laws in NC

    Legislation introduced this week would decrease healthcare costs and increase access to medical care for North Carolinians, by eliminating our backwards and restrictive Certificate of Need (CON) laws. House Bill 410, sponsored by Republicans Kidwell, Hanig, Goodwin and Sasser; along with an identical Senate Bill,…
    Brian Balfour, March 25, 2021
  • Editorial cartoon exposes simple-minded support for Medicaid expansion

    WRAL editorial cartoonist Dennis Draughon published the above cartoon this week in an attempt to show how ignorant opponents of Medicaid expansion must be. The cartoon features Gov. Cooper showing all the supposed benefits of Medicaid expansion, and a stubborn Phil Berger nevertheless insisting it makes…
    Brian Balfour, March 19, 2021