IndexMundi Sponsors School Science Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina

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We are very happy to announce that IndexMundi is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy Science Fair.

For details, please read the press release: Empowered Benefits Scholars Academy Science Fair – Tuesday, January 21st

 

U.S. Abortion Laws by State

abortion laws by stateMost states (in orange) ban abortions during the last trimester of pregnancy when the fetus is already viable outside the womb.

However, since the state of Nebraska passed the most restrictive abortion law in a decade back in 2010 banning abortions after 20 weeks, 12 other states have passed similar laws as of March 2013. States that have passed even more restrictive abortion laws include North Dakota, that bans abortions afters 6 weeks of pregnancy, and Arkansas that bans abortions after 12 weeks.

For the interactive map, please visit: The Washington Post: The landscape of abortion bans, in one must-see map

 

Political Polarization in the US

US Presidential election results in North Carolina 1996-2012

As we start analyzing the results of the 2012 presidential election in the US, it is becoming clear that political polarization continues to increase across the country. Take North Carolina for instance. As the thematic maps above show, the number of counties where the Republican party won by 40% or more reached a new high in 2012. This year there were 14 deeply red counties, compared to only 4 in 2008. On the other hand, there were 10 deeply red counties in 2004, which suggests that 2008 was an outlier due to the extraordinary circumstances that allowed Obama to win the state.

North Carolina Sales Tax Revenue

Continuing with our series of posts about our new state tax revenue section, I highlight the case of sales tax revenue for North Carolina. Unlike many other states, sales tax revenue has increased significantly despite the economic downturn, as shown in the graph below.

In fact, sales tax revenue hit a high of $1.5 Billion in Q2 2010. It should be noted that the NC sales tax rate was increased temporarily by an additional 1% as of September 2009. The increase will expire on July 1, 2011.