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The vision of the Civitas Institute is of a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. The mission of the Civitas Institute is to facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.

National Employee Freedom Week is a national effort to publicize employee rights to opt-out of union membership
North Carolina's 2016-17 state budget responsibly limited the growth rate of state spending, wisely padded the state's Rainy Day Fund, cut taxes further and continued one of the most aggressive trends of teacher pay increases in the nation.
Every August, Civitas polls NC unaffiliated voters to find out what this crucial voting bloc thinks.
Today, the Civitas Institute is highlighting the results of a new survey showing that 57.2 percent of NC union workers would prefer to represent themselves and 30 percent of union members nationwide would opt out of union membership if they knew they could keep their job and not face any penalty.
Civitas Action has released its annual Conservative Effectiveness Rankings of North Carolina state lawmakers for 2016.
North Carolina's 2016-17 state budget responsibly limited the growth rate of state spending, wisely padded the state's Rainy Day Fund, cut taxes further and continued one of the most aggressive trends of teacher pay increases in the nation.
On July 27, Civitas' Susan Myrick pointed out the conflict of interest of Judge Michael Morgan, who is not only running for the one opening on the state Supreme Court this year.
In the Tar Heel State, government mandates require that 12.5 percent of electricity must come from wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy by 2021.
Today, the Civitas Institute released a new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming, which finds that North Carolina's 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020 and destroy 50,000 jobs by 2020
The current legislative session has been hailed in most quarters as a success, yet much remains to be done
Police shootings of suspects in St. Paul and Baton Rouge dominated news headlines the past few weeks
This N&O article takes a closer look at the financial challenges presented by the swelling ranks of senior citizens and the rising costs of long-term care
What if the conventional wisdom about education in North Carolina were exactly backwards, and it was Republicans who have been more generous in funding our state's schools
Accountability -- and our outdated concept of it -- is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post "Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability".
Microaggression - that's a fancy term many radical college students and administrators are using these days as a means to supposedly call out racism and protest unsafe and hostile environments for minorities
A new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming finds that North Carolina's 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020, and cost the Tar Heel State up to 50,000 jobs.
A bill filed in the House last week, if approved, will open up the state to Constitutional carry, or being able to carry a concealed handgun without a Concealed Handgun Permit, if you meet certain criteria
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
Approximately 55 percent of North Carolina's $21.9 billion state budget is spent on education. About 70 percent of all money devoted to education is spent on K-12 education
If there is a need to get from point A to point B, the shortest distance between the two is typically the one most traveled and most desired
Four convicted murderers were back in court on Thursday in Fayetteville. They were put back on death row in December 2015 after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled their case regarding the Racial Justice Act would go back to the lower courts to be heard again
NC Capitol Connection is posting election results. They are revealing about what voters really need
A bill that allows students to choose between the current or traditional math curricula passed the Senate Education Committee today
The House is scheduled to consider special school reform bill today, HB 1080. Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg) is championing legislation focused on giving our state more tools to help failing schools
While debate over using state tax money for light-rail projects continues, a news story is pointing out more clearly than ever that light-rail is already a thing of the past
If you thought the debate over Common Core Standards was over; think again. It may be only starting - again
North Carolina families are hungry for school choice. To wit: the state's opportunity scholarship program has had more than 15,000 eligible applicants since its inception just two years ago
On the same night that the DOJ announced it would not withhold federal funds to NC while the lawsuits over HB2 play out
A new study from the Mercatus Center highlighted improvements in North Carolina's fiscal performance from fiscal 2013 to 2014.
The laws of economics, much like gravity, are not subject to a vote. Unfortunately, the sponsors of HB 1046, Constitutional Amendment [to] Up the Minimum Wage, need to be reminded of this.
When asked for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held today, 39 percent of North Carolina likely voters said Donald Trump while just 36 percent said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
North Carolina's economic outlook ranked second in the United States in a new analysis of all the states' economic competitiveness from the American Legislative Exchange Council
The Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) has moved for summary judgment in Gaston County Superior Court on behalf of clients seeking access to public records within the custody of the City of Belmont, North Carolina
Today, Judge Melissa Owens Lassiter of the Office of Administrative Hearings issued an amended scheduling order setting oral argument for April 13, 2016 in the case of Owens v. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)
North Carolina Supreme Court justices are elected, not appointed, to their post. This is in contrast to states like Arizona where appellate judges are appointed by the governor, rather than elected by voters. Whether or not either method is a good or bad idea is not at issue in a new lawsuit...
What is the role of competition in the marketplace? That's the question surrounding a recent uproar in Fuquay-Varina, a Raleigh suburb located in the southwest corner of Wake County. Food trucks - a Triangle staple - have arrived in the town, and some restaurant owners are not happy...
Recent statements by Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) officials about changing several low-performing traditional schools to year-round schools, and also changing how students are assigned to popular magnet school programs, have raised the anxiety levels of many parents and students.
The question of locker room and bathroom facilities being used by students self-identifying as "transgender" was raised. The question was largely left unanswered by both the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and the Wake County Board of Education.
Last week, a new finding about ideological imbalance made headlines all over the country. According to Matt Woessner, an associate professor of political science and public policy at Penn State Harrisburg, liberal professors now outnumber their conservative counterparts by a ratio of roughly 5 to 1.
Project Veritas, the investigative journalism outfit led by James O'Keefe and known for explosive undercover videos, released their latest work - an investigation into Common Core and the big money being made off the controversial standards.
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