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Thursday, April, 17 2014

While N.C. Reforms The Regulatory Burden, Federal Rules Soar

From the Wall Street Journal: Congress may be mired in gridlock, but the federal bureaucracy is busier than ever. In 2013 the Federal Register contained 3,659 “final” rules, which means they now must be obeyed, and 2,594 proposed rules on their way to becoming orders from political headquarters. The Federal Register finished 2013 at 79,311 […]

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“So while some people will end up with higher wages, others will end up with no wages at all.”

JLF’s Roy Cordato weighs in on the debate over hiking the minimum wage. Higher wages are the result of capital accumulation and economic growth, not the cause of it. To argue that new economic growth will be stimulated by a coerced increase in the minimum wage shows an unfortunate ignorance of this fact. It is […]

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Carrboro To Consider Penalizing Residents For Creating Garbage

Carrboro officials have decided that residents who throw things out are creating a problem for the town. So, they’ve decided to spend $30,000 to “study” the issue. For the liberals who run Carrboro, the solution to their perceived problem is — you guessed it — to consider imposing a penalty on people based on how […]

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Power First, Parents Second

North Carolina’s Big Education monopoly is used to having all the power and control over parents and taxpayers — and the system and its liberal allies are fighting hard to keep every ounce of it. They’ve even gone so far as to file a lawsuit to prevent low-income North Carolina families from accessing an opportunity […]

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“it’s about North Carolinians keeping more of their hard-earned money”

Carolina Journal’s Barry Smith reports here on Tuesday’s news conference about the impact of tax reform passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor. Gov. Pat McCrory used the deadline for filing income tax returns to tout the historic tax reform package that he signed into law last year. “Ultimately, it’s about […]

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City and County Issue Guide 2014

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County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions of dollars in revenue, but finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.

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