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    What is in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    The current version of Senate Bill 717 would add a Taxpayer Bill of Rights to the state constitution and provide two conforming amendments to carry it out. You can compare it to Colorado’s Taxpayer’s (possessive) Bill of Rights, past attempts to protect taxpayers in North Carolina, and some of…
    Joseph Coletti, April 21, 2021
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    How Fiscal Restraint Protected NC Government from Layoffs

    For almost a decade, North Carolina has benefited from the fiscal conservatism of our General Assembly. This conservatism has allowed North Carolina to avoid many of the tough decisions other states have had to make during the COVID-19 economic downturn, like increased borrowing and government layoffs. In his research…
    Brenee Goforth, November 10, 2020
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    McCrory’s Budget details

    Yesterday, Gov. McCrory released his spending plan for the 2015-2017 biennium.  While this is not the actual budget and the legislature will have to make the final decision on what is to be included in the state’s two-year spending plan, here are some details from his presentation yesterday.
    Sarah Curry, March 6, 2015
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    State education funding indexed to inflation? Yes please!

    After hearing that the North Carolina General Assembly raised per pupil and overall spending on K-12 education, liberals objected, saying that the increases do not keep up with inflation.  It is the only play they have after spending months claiming that the legislature slashed education funding. But perhaps…
    Terry Stoops, December 4, 2013
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    Why North Carolina would benefit from a Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    A consistent pattern of ever higher state spending, against constituent wishes, compels a structural change to North Carolina government. Here is my segment from the John Locke Foundation’s policy briefing for candidates on a fitting solution, a constitutional protection known as a Taxpayer Bill of Rights…
    Fergus Hodgson, July 23, 2012