The North Carolina Metro Mayors Coalition requested that the Duke University Policy Analysis team explore the question:
Do the state’s metropolitan areas contribute a greater share of state revenues than they receive back in public benefits?
The team compares revenues generated and expenditures received across individual counties, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, and four county classifications: urban, suburban, tourism-rich, and rural.
The study sought to determine which areas are donors (contributing a greater share of state revenue than they receive back in state benefits) and which are recipients (receiving a greater share of state benefits than they are contributing in revenue).
The team concluded that the state’s metropolitan areas are, on aggregate, donors: they contribute a greater share to state revenues than the share they receive in public benefits.