Category Archives: Budgets

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that N.C. lawmakers will consider measures to address $25 billion in unfunded liabilities for government retiree health benefits. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why the late state budget was worth the wait.

Lawmakers tout lowering gas tax as session accomplishment, but they actually raised it

The 2015 long session did not disappoint, because it was definitely long.  Lawmakers tackled many issues including Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and tax changes.  But one major issue that many took interest was the change to the gas tax.  If you don’t remember, the gas tax earlier this year was 37.5¢ per gallon and theContinue Reading

Breaking up the federal budget

Ramesh Ponnuru explains in the latest issue of National Review why conservatives might want to push for a big change in the way Congress approves federal budget bills. Congressional Republicans could, for example, break up the budget — or at least the portion of the budget that is subject to yearly congressional funding decisions —Continue Reading

Guess who foots the bill for’s woes?

Do you really have to guess? The latest Bloomberg Businessweek documents the costs for taxpayers of fixing Obamacare’s chief website. The U.S. government paid the main contractor $4 million to correct defects of the botched site and withheld only $267,420 of what it owed the company, according to a new federal audit. The reportContinue Reading

A closer look at the WalletHub data

Ah, WalletHub, the obscure website that North Carolina liberals visit once a year to “prove” that Republicans hate public school teachers. Lady Liberty obtained and shared WalletHub source data for their “2015’s Best and Worst States for Teachers” ranking.  As you may have heard from public school advocacy groups and the media, WalletHub youngster RichieContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

A recent Carolina Journal cover story has prompted a national group representing federal prosecutors to seek an investigation from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It’s a story involving murderous gang members, death threats, and a politically appointed U.S. attorney’s questionable actions. Rick Henderson shares details during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. John HoodContinue Reading

Closer than we think to a balanced budget

Kevin Williamson argues in a column at National Review Online that the federal government is closer to a balanced budget than one might think. At the moment, our national fiscal situation is considerably less bad than it was during the Obama-Pelosi-Reid era of one-party Democratic rule; the 2010 and 2011 federal deficits were 8.7 andContinue Reading

WTVD spreads education budget misinformation

The title of the story is “Cumberland will lose 70 teachers under new budget.” But the district did not “lose 70 teachers.”  It lost 70 teacher positions formerly funded using teacher assistant funds. According to the report, the district will “dip into reserve funds to pay the teachers this year.”  Despite what the title saysContinue Reading