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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.
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.
Civitas Action has released its annual Conservative Effectiveness Rankings of North Carolina state lawmakers for 2016.
Try something new? I'm all for it. But whether you are talking about changing your diet, changing your career, or changing your government's public policy, it's often a good idea to proceed in stages.
Recent studies reveal a disturbing trend in higher education: colleges, both private and public, are increasingly devoting a significant amount of time and money to public relations.
The words "ambitious state budget" must test well in polls and focus groups
After Roy Cooper's campaign indicated he would have vetoed the bipartisan budget bill signed by Governor McCrory to raise teacher pay and cut taxes for the middle-class, The Pat McCrory Committee slammed Roy Cooper for putting partisan politics above teachers, families and students
Teachers across North Carolina applauded Governor McCrory for signing a new state budget that raises average teacher pay to over $50,000 plus benefits
In another encouraging sign for North Carolina's economy, Governor Pat McCrory announced today that for the third time this year, the State Budget Office has revised revenue figures upward above May projections by $95 million
State Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted today in support of the final bipartisan state budget compromise with the House of Representatives and Governor Pat McCrory
Budget writers working on the state's 2016-17 spending plan received the OK to increase the amount of money to open new psychiatric beds around the state from $12 million to $18 million, using proceeds from the sale of the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh, while eliminating a controversial regulation.
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
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
As the General Assembly continues to work through the 2016-17 budget, part of the final package should build on the tax reforms first implemented in 2011
So far this year, we've had three state budget plans submitted by the three main actors in the drama: Gov. Pat McCrory, the North Carolina House, and the North Carolina Senate
Lawmakers returned to Raleigh at the end of April to attend this year's "short session." On the agenda are adjustments to the state budget and a few policies left unresolved when legislators adjourned last year
Senate leaders on Tuesday began unveiling their $22.2 billion General Fund budget, including a nearly 20 percent pay boost for teachers over two years, a middle-class tax cut, and a tuition freeze for UNC system students
State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year
"My problem," the notoriously reckless actor Errol Flynn was once reported to have quipped, "lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income."
Last week, the House passed their proposed $22.225 billion state budget, and we in the Senate have already begun meeting and crafting our version of the budget
The full details of Governor Pat McCrory's proposed budget adjustments for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year have been released
After Governor McCrory released the highlights of his balanced budget proposal that doesn't raise taxes on North Carolinians, the McCrory campaign issued the following statement
If the 2016 election cycle ever leaves the focus on personalities and gets down to issues, we might focus on questions like candidate Ronald Reagan asked voters in 1980: "...Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
If you believe the GOPe campaign rhetoric, they've got our state headed in a "conservative direction." *Wow. That sounds great. We must be cutting taxes and the size of government all over the doggone place. Right? (Um, right?)*
As of January 31, state government had collected $12.1 billion in General Fund revenue and expended $11.2 billion on education, Medicaid, and other state programs since the beginning of the 2015-16 fiscal year
Thanks to each and everyone who showed up at the City of Washington 2/8/16 Council meeting! Your presence made a difference, and I think we made a good case for not only continued funding, but also increased funding.
During the "Budget Battle of 1995-1996," which caused a shutdown of much of the federal government for 27 days, I was a freelance reporter for New Jersey's second biggest newspaper.
If you watch the evening news broadcasts or read the local paper, you have been told that more educators than ever are leaving North Carolina to teach elsewhere because the N.C. General Assembly "slashed" public school funding. Most of these stories, however, omit key facts and research findings...
Crediting budget reforms made by the recent session of the General Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Thursday the acceleration of four major transportation projects, including the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, the Asheville Connector, The I-485 and Wed
State regulations cost North Carolina at least $3.1 billion and as much as $25 billion each year, according to a new economic analysis compiled for the John Locke Foundation. JLF is releasing the analysis along with its own report recommending a new tool to fight state regulatory overreach
North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that enjoy the highest credit ratings from all the major bond-rating agencies.
Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis talked Obamacare, energy policy, the federal budget, and the Export-Import Bank during a meeting with Americans for Prosperity activists during a luncheon Monday at the Langtree Plantation in Mooresville
As the state continues to increase spending, many citizens have begun to suspect that the effectiveness of that spending is diminishing. North Carolina's balanced budget amendment was intended to create a fiscally responsible state that uses tax dollars wisely. However, over the last few decades...
When the Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010, analysts from the Congressional Budget Office, the federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid, and private-sector allies released estimates for how many Americans would enroll in ACA-exchange plans over the ensuing years
Finally. Now that the 2015 General Assembly has adjourned, there's a lot for conservatives to celebrate. This was a session built on the principles that started to turn the state around in 2011.
"'Bipartisan' usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out," comedian George Carlin once quipped. Perhaps, then, North Carolinians should be suspicious about the fact that the University of North Carolina system's president, a Democrat, and its Board of Governors...
An interesting item suddenly appeared this week in the N.C. Senate farm bill. This item made its appearance a few short days after the new state budget was finally approved. Among other things, the new budget ended North Carolina's longtime, exceedingly generous 35 percent investment tax credit...
As a longtime observer of the North Carolina legislature, I have a pet peeve: lawmakers, lobbyists, and reporters alike focus too much attention on the General Fund of the state budget, those expenditures funded largely by state taxes on incomes and retail sales.
If you thought North Carolina was alone when it came to tardy budgets, think again. North Carolina joined Alabama and New Hampshire in passing budgets late last week. Now there are only two states left in the country without budgets, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
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