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Parents support vouchers, charters, ESAs and school choice

Thousands of low income North Carolina students wait for a judge’s decision to see if they will have an opportunity that high income families have every day.  Opportunity scholarships hang in the balance.  And the policy discussion continues – should all families have options in educating their children?  If a district school does not meetContinue Reading

Is there a correlation between parking and economic growth?

We know from a review of 681 academic studies that low taxes, less burdensome regulations and more productive spending on education and infrastructure programs promotes economic growth in both the short term and long term. We also know that North Carolina’s new policy mix of tax reform, regulatory reform and restructuring and prioritizing infrastructure projectsContinue Reading

Who knows their kids better than parents?

From Terry’s excellent piece on Judge Hobgood’s questioning the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarships: Hobgood insisted that private schools are “unaccountable” and participating schools guilty of “siphoning” money from public schools. He continued, “The General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with public taxpayer money to private schools that haveContinue Reading

Open letter to NC House of Representatives on HB 1224

Dear Representative, You are to be commended on another successful session, moving North Carolina to more economic freedom, prosperity and a more limited government.  After transformational tax reform, regulatory reform and infrastructure reform, North Carolina’s economy is improving. Our unemployment rate is down, people are getting back to work and businesses are beginning to investContinue Reading

Dump the Drone Deal

Just when you think corporate welfare seekers have sunk as low as they can, a company that makes drones is trying to negotiate a deal where the state will buy $6 Million of their products, as reported here: Olaeris is talking with Commerce officials about an investment of up to $6 million in unmanned aircraftContinue Reading

Double standard

When NC charter schools are underperforming, they are shut down. Like here:  The state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to refuse new operating charters for Coastal Academy for Technology and Science in Morehead City and PACE Academy in Carrboro. Thirty-six charter schools have been closed since North Carolina began experimenting with the taxpayer-supported, lightlyContinue Reading

Fix it now – federal non-compliance could be costly.

Both the Senate and the House have agreed to return for the “August session” but it’s still up in the air what they will tackle. As I write this committee meetings are being posted and changes are being made to calendars. Four of the five bills scheduled to be heard in Senate Rules are ripeContinue Reading

Coal Ash Clean-Up Moving Forward – Anyway.

The General Assembly has been unable to reach an agreement on SB 729, coal ash clean up and management. That does not mean the issue is not being addressed. While part of the solution may lie in re-use and re-cycling, clean up and prevention of further spills is moving forward. On August 1, Governor McCroryContinue Reading

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