Brian Balfour

Senior Vice President of Research

Posts by Brian Balfour (page 4)

  • 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
  • New bill would require “truth in lending” language for government bonds

    When a person takes out a mortgage to buy a home, there are significant “truth-in-lending” laws requiring the loan contract disclose -among other things – the interest payments that will be required. It only makes sense, then, that when government offers voters a bond referendum similar disclosure provisions should be…
    Brian Balfour, March 18, 2021
  • Does the Rescue Plan attack state sovereignty?

    Is Joe Biden and Congress trying to dictate tax policy to all 50 states? On Monday, Joe Coletti highlighted – among other reasons – that North Carolina should “just say no” to the federal funds included in the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act because it potentially…
    Brian Balfour, March 17, 2021
  • Bill filed to give away millions of taxpayer dollars to Hollywood studios

    A bill was filed today that would add another $34 million to the program that gives away taxpayer dollars to wealthy Hollywood movie studios. Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) and Paul A Lowe, Jr. (D-Forsyth), would commit $34 million in film production…
    Brian Balfour, March 15, 2021
  • New bill would expand healthcare access, especially in rural areas

    This week legislators introduced an act to expand the scope of practice allowed for advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRNs). Labeled the SAVE Act, the bill would APRNs to perform more medical duties. From the NC Insider (subscription required):…
    Brian Balfour, March 12, 2021
  • WRAL editorial ignores vital details about Medicaid expansion

    WRAL earlier this week published an editorial titled “Take the money, it’s ours. Expand Medicaid.” The article misses the mark in many ways, starting with the article title itself. The money to pay for Medicaid expansion is not “ours.” It doesn’t even exist. The federal government is already…
    Brian Balfour, March 11, 2021
  • State Debt Nearly One-Third Lower Than in 2013

    The State Treasurer’s office released today its latest debt affordability study,  which showed that not only did North Carolina maintain its AAA credit rating, it reminded us once again of the stark contrast between the fiscally conservative approach of the last decade…
    Brian Balfour, March 2, 2021
  • Major discrepancies in state aid contained in House Covid relief bill

    An analysis from Reason magazine finds that there is a significant variation in per-capita state and local aid contained in the latest Covid relief bill being debated on Capitol Hill. “The latest draft of the Coronavirus stimulus and relief legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act…
    Brian Balfour, February 24, 2021