Daily Archives: April 20, 2017

Bertie’s budget woes lead to elimination of 21 positions

Bertie County Schools is laying off staff to address multi-year budget deficits. According to an article published in the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, the district will eliminate 21 support positions over the next two months. The school board blames past superintendents, auditors, the Local Government Commission, and others for the district’s budget deficits, but ultimately it isContinue Reading

‘Front Row’ show snags one-on-one interview with Burr

The latest edition of UNC-TV’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman” features a one-on-one conversation with North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator.

Wake taxpayers add $8,485 to teachers’ paychecks

Local salary supplements are funds added to the state-mandated base pay of school district employees.  Because the supplements are local dollars, school boards may distribute the funds as they see fit.  Some districts choose to use their local supplement to address staffing needs and priorities, while others distribute them broadly.  For school employees in urbanContinue Reading

Federalist column labels new Trump policy ‘dangerous nonsense’

David Harsanyi of the Federalist pans the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” policy. “We don’t have a level playing field for our workers,” Donald Trump told a group of workers in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. Truth is, if we ever leveled the playing field with countries like Mexico and China, the average American worker wouldContinue Reading

The continuing divide over Obamcare’s repeal

Robert King of the Washington Examiner reports that an Easter congressional recess has done nothing to narrow the current divide over repealing and replacing the federal Affordable Care Act. A united Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare appears more and more out of reach after an Easter recess full of rowdy town halls, whichContinue Reading

Taxpayers funding union work

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon details another disturbing report about the use of taxpayer funds for union activity. An analysis by a pro-free-market think tank estimates that at least 1,000 federal workers paid with taxpayer dollars exclusively worked for labor organizations rather than performing duties at their government jobs. Taxpayers spent $162.5 millionContinue Reading

A second Korean War

David French of National Review Online explains why a new Korean War would represent a far different conflict than those Americans have seen recently in the Middle East. The generation that fought in World War II and Korea is dying off. We no longer have lawmakers, generals, or diplomats who know what it’s like toContinue Reading

Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order panned

Kevin Williamson at National Review Online wonders whether one of President Trump’s most recent executive orders shows signs of cynicism or ignorance. Trump, who is surrounded by people who fancy themselves “nationalists” (in the cause of what nation, it is not entirely clear), is wading deep into an ancient puddle of stupidity most recently exploredContinue Reading