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Over the last six years, bold, courageous North Carolina leaders have been willing to take risks, push the envelope, and offer unlimited opportunities for education freedom, for financial security, and for transformational reforms
The mainstream media and pundits on both sides of the aisle focus an extraordinary amount of time and energy examining public school funding
The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics - and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States
An effort to cap the state income tax rate was removed quietly from the Senate's calendar on Wednesday, one day after that body's Finance Committee gave the proposed change to the N.C. Constitution a thumbs up
Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance schools, roads, and other public services, even if the higher taxes discourage some private investment and entrepreneurship
Government requires money to do its work. Anarchists disagree. But for the vast majority of us, the real debates involve, first, how much money government needs and, second, how government ought to collect that money
Like a recovering addict on the verge of a major binge, some North Carolina lawmakers are on the brink of falling back into the black hole of tax credits
North Carolina has a hidden tax, and it's probably the most expensive one you've never heard of: It's called health insurance mandates
Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That's a basic fact of public finance - but its implications are varied, significant, and underappreciated
Over the last few years, ever since the tax reform of 2013 took hold in North Carolina, there has been a steady push to expand the sales tax to services in an attempt to make it a more pure consumption tax.
North Carolina has a serious problem. Adopting a default mens rea provision would go a long way to solving it.
The federal government spends more money each year than it collects in taxes and other revenue. That means annual spending deficits. Each deficit drives up the federal debt. Nick Dranias, president and executive director of the Compact for America Educational Foundation, has an interesting idea for
The price of sound tax policy is eternal vigilance, and a year after the N.C. General Assembly implemented a tax reform plan based on sound principles of taxation and economics, it is threatening to begin the process of unraveling these reforms with a new excise tax on e-cigarettes.
Most of us enjoy going on a vacation or two during the year, and that usually involves spending the night in a hotel or rental accommodation. Did you know that you are taxed on that hotel room and have no say about it? This current form of taxation without representation is known as an occupancy tax
I've had my disagreements with Duke Energy, both historically and recently. But the company got a bum rap in a new story stumbling its way through media circles: that Duke Energy uses abusive tax loopholes to avoid paying its fair share of federal income taxes.
State Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, believes Special Assessment District revenue bonds may be the fairest method of taxation for economic development infrastructure projects even if the financing instrument attracted only one successful applicant in the five years the bonds have been an option...
When is a sales-tax increase not really a sales-tax increase? If you want to make sense of the contrasting claims about tax reform in North Carolina, this is one...
"The power to tax is the power to destroy." That is an oft-repeated paraphrase of a quote from former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 court decision. Indeed taxes do destroy: incentives, productivity, businesses, and opportunity.
Taxation is the taking of property and earnings in exchange for governmentally provided goods and services or for redistribution. Legislators may also structure taxes as a policy tool to manipulate constituent actions for or against particular goods or services.
Lumberton officials are using an unprecedented taxation defense in an Internet sweepstakes lawsuit before the state Supreme Court that features constitutional separation of powers issues and arcane legal protections dating from the Great Depression.

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