Category Archives: Budgets

Bonds on the ballot

North Carolina hasn’t seen a state-wide bond referendum since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean the local governments haven’t had a bond on the ballot.  This year there are a number of bond items on the ballot including water systems, parks and recreation, schools, sidewalks, and many more.  Some for the county, and some areContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The bureaucrats who run North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction warned this summer about the negative impact of proposed DPI budget cuts. Now that the cuts have come to pass, Terry Stoops says the impact involves little more than eliminating vacant jobs. Stoops discusses DPI’s budget during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. SarahContinue Reading

10 Sales Tax Referendums on the Ballot

  Anson County has only had a sales tax increase on its ballot one time prior, and that was in 2008. The decision to be placed on the ballot passed the county commission 7-0. The estimated $300,000 in revenue will be used for increased teacher supplements. Education makes up 15% of the county’s total expenditures,Continue Reading

Guilford Sales tax hike expected to fail

According to a poll by Americans for Prosperity North Carolina, 50% oppose and only 37% support for increasing Guilford County’s sales tax.  Counties have the option to vote for a quarter-cent increase to their already 2% local sales tax rate.  This November is the fourth time Guilford County will have this tax increase on the ballot,Continue Reading

Despite dire warnings, teacher turnover rate dropped in Wake County

In April, a group of Wake County teachers and administrators held a press conference that warned of an “alarming” number of teacher resignations in the district during the first few months of the 2013-14 school year. “Good teachers are having to make hard decisions to leave our classrooms for a better future somewhere else orContinue Reading

Will UNC-CH professors admit that they were wrong?

The line starts to my right… From the News & Observer, July 30, 2013: Greg Copenhaver, a biology professor and member of the [Faculty Executive] committee, said there was no plot to cover up information to avoid NCAA scrutiny, only to avoid terminology that was misleading. The changes suggested by committee members, he said, wereContinue Reading

Iredell pro-bond group messes with Halloween

It’s bad enough that those who are promoting a facilities bond in Iredell County are using kids as props and public schools as distribution centers. Now they are messing with Halloween. But I am not worried.  I suspect that most pro-bond handouts will go the way of Necco Wafers and Mounds bars – in theContinue Reading

The deficit is down, but …

Alex Adrianson of the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” looks beyond the headlines tied to recent news about the federal deficit. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2014 federal deficit rings in at $486 billion. That’s 2.8 percent of gross domestic product—the federal budget deficit’s smallest share of the economy since 2007. (It was nearlyContinue Reading