Paige Terryberry

Fiscal Policy Analyst

Posts by Paige Terryberry (page 1)

  • Cooper Lockdowns Cost NC Tourism Billions and Half its Jobs

    Gov. Cooper decreed state-wide lockdowns in March 2020. As a result, many North Carolinians were forced out of their jobs.  The tourism industry, in particular, suffered. The state’s tourism industry lost more than half of its jobs in the first part of 2020 following lockdowns. The gradual lifting of…
    Paige Terryberry, October 14, 2021
  • Consumers Pay More For Food, Gasoline, and Goods

    The U.S. consumer-price index (CPI) rose 0.4% in September, faster than the August rate.  On an annual basis, CPI rose 5.4% since September 2020.  CPI measures the changes in prices paid by consumers for goods and services over a given time. Inflation, the decrease in purchasing power of the dollar, harms the…
    Paige Terryberry, October 13, 2021
  • State Health Plan Debate Reaches NC Supreme Court

    More than 200,000 retired state government workers and their dependents could face changes to their state health plans. The North Carolina Supreme Court heard a case Monday regarding whether the state can charge a premium for certain retired state workers for their enrollment in the state health plan. This…
    Paige Terryberry, October 5, 2021
  • North Carolina Among the Best in Regulatory Rating

    North Carolina scored high marks on FreedomWorks’ latest State Regulatory Openness Scorecard. Our state scored higher than all but five states for a few reasons: The channel of communication between administrative North Carolina state agencies and the concerned public is clear and relatively simple to navigate. North Carolina’s regulations…
    Paige Terryberry, September 30, 2021
  • States Question Authority for COVID Relief Funds

    In March 2021 President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Later, in May, states received guidance from Treasury on how states could spend the funds, including a provision interpreted by many to mean that states receiving funds would be barred from implementing tax cuts.
    Paige Terryberry, September 28, 2021
  • Relax, It’s Just a Shutdown

    The fiscal year for the federal government begins on Friday, raising the temperatures of U.S. lawmakers with the supposed urgency of expiring government funding. With two absurdly large and complex packages on the table – the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion Biden social agenda – House Democrats…
    Paige Terryberry, September 28, 2021
  • UNC Moves to an All-Funds Budget

    Focus on costs beyond tuition Tuition and fees in the UNC System make up only one-third of the total cost of attending a UNC university, according to today’s UNC Board of Governor’s Committee on Budget and Finance meeting.  On-campus living and dining increased significantly more than tuition in recent…
    Paige Terryberry, September 15, 2021
  • Expand Our Freedoms to Imbibe

    This morning the North Carolina Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance will hear a bill that would expand some freedoms for the otherwise shackled, state-run, and happy hour-less, liquor industry. Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Henderson, first introduced the ABC Omnibus bill, House Bill 890, in May of this year. This…
    Paige Terryberry, September 1, 2021