Category Archives: Budgets

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Now that North Carolina lawmakers have finished their 2014-15 state budget plan, Becki Gray and Terry Stoops offer their analysis of the budget’s key provisions during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Leading media attorney Mark Prak discusses some proposals from the Federal Communications Commission that are raising red flags for broadcasters, and you’llContinue Reading

Commerce Department grew 67.5% in budget

In fiscal year 2014-15 Natural and Economic Resources spending within the General Fund increased by 9.7 percent, or $36 million.  That increase was mainly found in the Commerce Department’s budget, which had the largest increase within the Natural and Economic Resources budget category — 67.5 percent, or $34.6 million, over last year. This increase wasContinue Reading

State Budget Process has changed

Policy changes are frequently included in the budget, and this year was no different. One of the more important items was a modification to the way the state budget is created. Historically the state’s budget development began with a continuation budget, which is a series of estimates of the amounts necessary to continue the sameContinue Reading

Should we retire the expression “to call a spade a spade”?

“As with many other racialized terms, there were efforts to reclaim the word after it had become a slur.  [snip] So what does all of this mean for people who want to, well, “call a spade a spade”? I urge caution. [University of Vermont professor Wolfgang] Mieder concludes his case study [titled Call a SpadeContinue Reading

New N.C. budget sets better course for future spending plans

Teacher pay raises and haggling over Medicaid generated plenty of headlines during this year’s state budget debate, but a new John Locke Foundation report emphasizes another key element of the 2014-15 General Fund budget that could have important long-term positive effects. Lawmakers have scrapped the so-called “continuation budget” that led to confusion about government growth,Continue Reading

Natural & Economic Resources in the State Budget

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was established with passage of the Executive Organization Act of 1971, which consolidated environmental functions that had previously been under the authority of multiple divisions and departments.  Today there are five main areas within the Department of Natural and Economic Resources (NER): the Department of Agriculture and ConsumerContinue Reading

The information gap

The Education Next — Program on Education Policy and Governance — Survey 2014, a nationally representative sample of over 5,000 adults, was released today. As usual, I found that the “information gap” questions to be the most telling.  For example, respondents were asked to estimate the average per pupil expenditure for their local school district.Continue Reading

The Big Changes in the Budget

When we compare this year’s budget to the budget passed last year, there are few changes when we look at the big picture. Growth: Total Education increased by 2.7% mainly due to the large teacher pay increase in Public Education. Health and Human Services increased 3.1% because of growth in Medicaid. In Natural and EconomicContinue Reading