Category Archives: Budgets

Berger highlights document linked to DPI dispute

Senate leader Phil Berger’s office has produced a document bolstering Berger’s case in a dispute with State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Here’s the news release from Berger: Document Proves DPI Planned to Shift Funds to Help Kids Learn to Read to Protect Bureaucracy Raleigh, N.C. – A public record obtained by Senate leadersContinue Reading

Feds and food deserts

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon turns her attention to the federal government’s questionable spending on the humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities is spending more than $300,000 to talk about “food deserts” in Pennsylvania and sea level rise in Miami. The projects are part of the federal agency’s “Humanities in the PublicContinue Reading

The president’s depressing legacy

A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial offers a disturbing picture of the federal government Barack Obama will bequeath to his successor. When President Obama released his first budget plan in 2009, he called it a “New Era of Responsibility.” What he produced was irresponsibility on a historic scale. … … First, there’s the deficit, whichContinue Reading

It’s charter school application season!

The headline says it all: Woods Charter School receives a record 1,807 applications for admission. Sadly, few of those who applied will receive an admissions offer, given capacity restraints and restrictions on charter enrollment growth.  The school will conduct their admissions lottery on February 1.   HT: GG

Bankruptcy for states

Given their long-term budget challenges, states might need bankruptcy protection in the future. At least that’s the argument some advocates are pursuing. The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek offers details. States, unlike cities and counties, currently can’t declare bankruptcy. The case for allowing it is that a well-run proceeding apportions losses fairly and fast. LendersContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Next week marks National School Choice Week, and the John Locke Foundation will mark the occasion with a noontime speech Monday from the head of one of the state’s main school choice advocacy groups. In the meantime, Lindalyn Kakadelis discusses recent advances in North Carolina’s school choice options during the next edition of Carolina JournalContinue Reading

Education budget fight in Haywood County

Haywood County Schools may cut their budget and close an elementary school, mostly due to a shortfall in local funding. As Rep. Michele Presnell pointed out, the Haywood County Schools have increased their per pupil expenditures over the last three years.  In fact, their per student spending is higher in 2015 than it was beforeContinue Reading

CBO: Federal deficit will continue to rise

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says that “the deficit this year will increase, relative to the size of the economy, for the first time since 2009.”  CBO researchers continue, If current laws generally remained unchanged, the deficit would grow over the next 10 years, and by 2026 it would be considerably larger thanContinue Reading