Daily Archives: January 18, 2013

You might be a progressive if…

…you believe that a legal construct called a corporation pays the corporate income tax rather than real people like consumers, workers, and shareholders.

The cost of education

Did you see that the UNC system is asking for $266 million in increased funding from the state over the next five years?  And that doesn’t include the cost of enrollment growth, which could be about $25 million per year. It strikes me as a lot of money given the current economy and unemployment rates. Continue Reading

One easy budget cut to make

In today’s Pope Center piece, Duke Cheston takes a very critical look at our Customized Training Program run by the community colleges and concludes that it’s money wasted. Employers ought to cover the costs of worker training. They will do a better job of it and we need to break the bad habit of lookingContinue Reading

The federal leviathan versus people who just want to produce

Cato’s Ilya Shapiro writes here about a case pitting small land owners and producers (they grow raisins) against the might of the federal regulatory establishment. The idiotic regulations in question here are a small part of the tremendous burden of federal control that impedes the nation’s economy.  

Racial and Economic Diversity in North Carolina’s Schools

In their new study, “Racial and Economic Diversity in North Carolina’s Schools: An Update,”  Charles Clotfelter, Helen Ladd, and Jacob Vigdor of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University examine the racial and socioeconomic mix of students within districts, schools, and classrooms in North Carolina. Here is a summary of their findings: 1.Continue Reading

Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates increased in 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November, decreased in 13, and were unchanged in six.  Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in November at 5.7 percent, and Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.3 percent.  See the map below to see November’s unemployment rates across theContinue Reading

Tax reform at the federal level as well?

Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders have been talking about major tax reform for North Carolina. John Gizzi reports for Human Events that U.S. House Republicans could push the issue at the federal level as well. House Republicans, criticized as being the “party of no,” will use this session of Congress to offer a comprehensiveContinue Reading

Krauthammer probes a GOP rift

Do Republicans face a “philosophical and fundamental” internal split, one that threatens decline and potential irrelevance? Charles Krauthammer doesn’t think so, as he explains in his new column. What divides Republicans today is a straightforward tactical question: Can you govern from one house of Congress? Should you even try? Can you shrink government, restrain spending,Continue Reading