Needed Relief for Small Business

This week, the North Carolina House of Representatives Finance committee recommended two COVID-19-related bills (H.B. 1034 and H.B. 1039) which focus on small-business loans. Other benefits of the bills include easing unemployment-claim requirements and waiving tax-filing deadlines.

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The Tax Man Cometh and Never Really Leaveth

How much does the average American household pay in Taxes? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Americans spent as much on taxes in 2021 as food, healthcare, education, and clothing — combined. The data comes from its report on the spending habits of the average American family, the annual Consumer Expenditure Survey. The most recent numbers show that

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Boom Cackalacka Boom

Back in February, in an article about this year’s surge in state revenue, we made mention of several companies that are making huge investments in North Carolina.  Included on that list was a company called Boom Supersonic, which announced in January that they are building a jet manufacturing and assembly facility in Greensboro. This “super factory” will employ as many

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Voting with their Feet (and their Heels)

North Carolina will gain a seat in the next Congress thanks to an additional 900,000 souls who now call the Tar Heel state home. The question is why? Based on population shifts reflected in the 2020 Census (and despite some fudged numbers), we join a handful of states which will have increased representation due to significant population growth over the

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When Will Washington Come to its Census?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau admitted that it got the 2020 numbers wrong — overcounting or undercounting people by as much as 6.8% — in more than a quarter of the states comprising its Population and Housing Census, the official count of the nation’s population which happens every ten years.  According to its 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey Estimation Report,

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