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Elaine Mejia

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How Low is Too Low?

FY 2010-11 State Budget Sets Spending at Its Lowest Level in 14 Years

State spending has fallen to its lowest level in 14 years, a new report from the NC Justice Center's Budget & Tax Center finds. The report says that passage of the new budget reflects the gradual erosion of the state's tax base and a deep, prolonged recession.

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Report: Undermining state corporate tax enforcement is not the answer

Gutting North Carolina's ability to collect from corporations that deliberately underreport their in-state earnings would hurt small businesses and drain revenue from the state, according to a new report by the NC Budget & Tax Center. ...
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BTC REPORTS: The Senate’s Budget

No big surprises in spending but some major policy shifts proposed

Earlier this week, the NC Budget & Tax Center (BTC) released its report on the Senate’s budget. The following are some highlights from the BTC report, which pays close attention to the budget's potential impacts on low-and moderate-income North Carolinians.

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How the recession is undermining common good solutions

Times of recession bring countless and untold consequences for society and for individuals. The pace of economic trends, such as the decline of certain industries, accelerates, and individuals suffer economic setbacks such as lost wealth and wages from which many will never recover. ...
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Budget analysts: Struggling economy still placing state budget in a vise grip

After navigating troubled budget waters last year, North Carolina's lawmakers must once again guide the ship of state through perilous fiscal circumstances, a new report finds. ...
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Continued recovery depends upon continued federal assistance to the states

Wondering about the impact of last year’s federal Recovery Act in North Carolina? Here are some scenarios to consider: Imagine 10,000 North Carolina public school teachers receiving pink slips. ...
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The state’s continuing budget resolution: a dangerous autopilot

North Carolina's House and Senate couldn't agree on a final two-year budget before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, so they've passed a "continuing resolution" to get North Carolina through the two next two weeks. The resolution authorizes state agencies to spend up to 85% of their originally authorized budgets from the previous fiscal year. ...
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BTC BRIEF: The estimated impact of the Senate’s proposed tax modernization plan and recommendations for improvement

The Senate Finance Committee’s proposed tax modernization plan would require an additional 0.3% of income ($32 average annually) from the lowest income earners, 0.1% of income ($32 average annually) from middle-income taxpayers and 0.1% of income ($958 average ...
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The N.C. House of Representatives: Playing a risky political game

Recently, in case you missed it, the North Carolina House of Representatives began playing a game - a game in which you and every other North Carolinian is a player with an enormous stake. ...
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Between a Rock and Hard Place: NC’s Worsening Budget Gap Calls for Spending Cuts and Tax Increases

The North Carolina Budget & Tax Center just released a new issue brief looking at the state's worsening budget gap. This budget shortfall is more than 20% of the current state budget which means that NC has the ...
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