Category Archives: Budgets

What do Pennsylvania and NC have in common?

Neither state can pass a budget on time! Yup, Pennsylvania doesn’t have a budget yet either – but there is something interesting happening up north that hasn’t been talked about down here yet. According to this news article, there is a bill in the PA legislature that would suspend payment to lawmakers during a budgetContinue Reading






N.C. Court of Appeals favors Richmond County schools in ‘confinement fund’ dispute

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court’s ruling that public schools are entitled to the funds the state had been using to pay county jails for housing certain misdemeanor offenders. The case started in Richmond County, where the local school board challenged the state’s use of aContinue Reading






Locker Room Talk: N.C. budget debate, Taxpayer Protection Act

Donna Martinez, Becki Gray, and Rick Henderson discuss N.C. budget negotiations and the proposed Taxpayer Protection Act during this week’s edition of “Locker Room Talk.”






Oregon returns surplus to taxpayers as part of a ‘kicker’ law

The state of Oregon will send $402 million back to taxpayers next year after the state had a surplus in personal income taxes.  According to The Register-Guard, The estimated median rebate under Oregon’s “kicker” law will be $124, though the value varies significantly based on income. Oregon’s kicker law was created in the 1980s asContinue Reading






NC needs to tell the federal government, “Thanks, but NO THANKS!”

Many of us know that Washington bureaucrats are out of control, but what many of us don’t think about are the impacts this has on states. For example, lets take a look at North Carolina’s budget.  The total budget is around $50 billion, yet the General Fund is around $21 billion.  The Highway and HighwayContinue Reading






Another budget extension….

Guess what?! Another budget extension.  Another extension gives lawmakers until September 18th to complete work on the state’s two-year spending plan.  The Senate had quite a few give their opinion about the dragging budget talks, but the bill to extend funding passed the Senate 37-6.  A short fifteen minutes later, the House passed the legislationContinue Reading






TX comptroller releases 50-state scorecard

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published a nifty 50-state scorecard available here.  (For the rankings in each category, go here.) The scorecard includes a number of business, economic, demographic, and tax rankings for the 50 states. For example, North Carolina ranks 2nd in business tax burden but 49th in gas tax rate.  In addition,Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the latest state budget extension and new agreements in budget negotiations. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal highlights his new co-authored book on the Wake County school board’s recent political battles.