Category Archives: Budgets

Moody’s Ranks local governments by pension liabilities, NC cities come in with low liabilities

Moody’s Investor Service just released a report of the 50 largest local governments in the United States and their pension burdens.  The findings show that 31 of the 50 governments increased their pension burdens from the last analysis done by Moody’s. The report said the fiscal year 2013 median adjusted net pension liabilities increased toContinue Reading

Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now that former member of theContinue Reading

A six-figure study of ‘beer goggles’

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest Washington Free Beacon report highlights another questionable case of federal government spending. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $200,000 to study how men drinking alcohol look at women. In an effort to limit “male-initiated sexual aggression toward female acquaintances,” researchers at the University of Iowa will analyze the actualContinue Reading

Government Efficiency is a priority for some states

North Carolina tried an experiment, it was called NC GEAR.  Government efficiency and performance based budgeting – ways to save dollars or use them more efficiently in state government.  Governor McCrory created the office, but both the NC Senate and NC House have left the program out of their budget proposals.  Why?  Do they notContinue Reading

45 States have a budget….NC is NOT one of them

As of July 20, 45 states have enacted budgets for fiscal 2016. New Hampshire and North Carolina are the two states that have passed a continuing resolution to avoid a state government shutdown. Illinois and Pennsylvania have not yet finalized their budget or enacted a continuing resolution. Alabama does not have a budget yet becauseContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina counties awarded $284 million in targeted incentives from 2009 to 2014. Sarah Curry analyzes this number and other details from her first-of-its-kind compilation of county government incentives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Becki Gray discusses a state budget proposal that would increase state and local government transparency. Reason magazine’s DamonContinue Reading

Experts: NC Senate education plan has merit

WUNC’s Reema Khrais asks, “What Does Research Say About Smaller Classes and Fewer TAs?“ The NC Senate budget proposed aggressive class size reductions for grades K-3.  The teaching positions needed to do so would be funded by eliminating teacher assistant positions.  Their colleagues in the House are not keen on the idea. But some prominentContinue Reading

In case you missed her …

Becki Gray discussed state budget negotiations, including a Senate provision to boost state and local government transparency, during her latest appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight.”