Category Archives: Budgets

Museums across the state receive $2.5 million from state taxpayers

The Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.  Yup, your state tax dollars are spent on museums across the state.  Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but most of these still charge admission and some have a pretty hefty price tag on a ticket.  Clearly, these museums are important local entities, visited by some and notContinue Reading

The federal budget

The House continues work on the first two appropriations bills of the FY-2016 budget, while the Senate and House named budget conferees last week to negotiate a concurrent budget resolution, with a goal to finish conferencing work within the next two weeks. On Wednesday, subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee approved the Energy-Water appropriations bill and theContinue Reading

State to eliminate vacant positions

A memo was released this week from the state budget director highlighting the focus of efficiency and effective budgeting under Governor McCrory.  According to the Office of State Budget and Management and the Office of State Human Resources, there are 2,500 positions in state government that have remained vacant for at least 12 months.  HereContinue Reading

Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ writer labels federal debt numbers scary

Gene Epstein of Barron’s has been perusing the latest data surrounding the federal debt, and he doesn’t like what he sees. Over the past several years, the gap between tax revenue and spending has been unusually wide. In fiscal year 2009, coinciding with the Great Depression, federal receipts as a share of nominal gross domesticContinue Reading

Cato’s Downsizing Government charting program offers new tool

Chris Edwards passes along some interesting information about his project to keep tabs on federal government spending. The Downsizing Government charting program now contains the latest federal budget data.   www.downsizinggovernment.org/charts/   For fun or research, you can instantly chart spending on about 500 federal agencies. (I’m told the charts look better in Chrome andContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on an expert panel that recommends fixing North Carolina’s Medicaid program before considering expansion. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes that facts have eroded the political Left’s narrative of a state budget crisis.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The Leandro lawsuit linked to N.C. school performance and funding has lingered in the state’s court system for more than two decades. Terry Stoops assesses the latest court hearing in the case for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson discusses a Carolina Journal cover story detailing an income tax fraud scheme withinContinue Reading

The White House is actually proud of this…

WhiteHouse.gov has produced an online tool, the Taxpayer Receipt, and it’s fascinating.  Simply put in how much you paid in federal taxes last year (income tax from your 1040, and Social Security and Medicare Taxes from your W-2) and this tool will tell you how much of your tax dollars were spent on various areasContinue Reading