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Retired Supreme Court justice explains how to fix the Second Amendment

As was noted in yesterday’s Weekly Briefing, “A Tax Day sermon,” it can be a fascinating exercise to briefly contemplate just how far to the right American politics have been pushed in the last few decades as a result … Read More...

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Do tax rates matter? Not much

In North Carolina, a singular focus on comparing the state’s income tax rates to other states was used to justify massive rate reductions in the 2013 tax plan.  But do tax rates determine whether a state is competitive?
It turns … Read More...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 36, No. 3: Tax Shift Harms Working Families, Ability to Invest for a Strong Economy

Authors: Cedric JohnsonResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State Tax PolicyDespite evidence showing no clear relationship between tax cuts and positive state-level economic performance, North Carolina lawmakers paid for tax cuts that will largely benefit the wealthy and profitable corporations by shifting the tax load onto middle- and low-income taxpayers, making the state’s already upside-down tax system worse.

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Prosperity Watch Issue 36, No. 3: Tax Shift Harms Working Families, Ability to Invest for a Strong Economy

Authors: Cedric JohnsonResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State Tax PolicyDespite evidence showing no clear relationship between tax cuts and positive state-level economic performance, North Carolina lawmakers paid for tax cuts that will largely benefit the wealthy and profitable corporations by shifting the tax load onto middle- and low-income taxpayers, making the state’s already upside-down tax system worse.

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New Study: Consumer spending by immigrants generates jobs, billions for NC’s economy

A new study released Tuesday by the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA) shows the profound economic impact immigrants have had on North Carolina’s economy.
According to the extensive study by researchers at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School:… Read More...

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Tax Day facts and opinion

Some of the most damning facts about the state of North Carolina’s tax system and what the most recent changes enacted by state leaders really portend for average families — especially the state’s one-of-a-kind repeal of the Earned Income Tax … Read More...

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Richard Burr blue slip watch Day #300: GOP rejects revival of its own rule on judicial nominations

This week’s LOL, through-the-looking-glass moment in conservative politics revolves around the antiquated Senate “blue slip” process whereby home state Senators like North Carolina’s own Richard Burr can unilaterally and without explanation block federal court nominees — even ones they’ve endorsed …

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Editorial blasts “reckless” voucher push

This morning’s lead editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it right in its characterization of the push by state legislative leaders to plow ahead with their school voucher scheme despite the certainty of lengthy litigation over the issue and … Read More...

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Educators dismayed by final teacher pay proposal lawmakers asked them to help develop

To the surprise of some of its own members, a legislative task force studying alternative ways to compensate teachers in the state put forth a report today asking the General Assembly to consider a short-term goal of significantly increasing the … Read More...

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