Category Archives: Budgets

Required Functions of Government

Did you know that every level of government has certain required functions?  Many of us spend time debating or questioning the function of government and where government spends tax dollars.  In North Carolina there are three main governments: State, County and Municipal (city, town or village).  Many of these governments take on responsibilities that areContinue Reading

Stam slams Dems’ math

A recurring television ad in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race has prompted a response from Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, speaker pro tem of the N.C. House of Representatives. NCGA Increases Funding for Education Raleigh, NC –  A narrator in advertisements currently being run by the national Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says, “House Speaker Thom TillisContinue Reading

Popular Tourist Attractions in the State Budget

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources houses many of the state’s largest attractions.  Here are a few of them and their budget impact: Aquariums North Carolina’s aquariums were first established in 1976 and now operate in four locations: Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island, and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The aquariums haveContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online highlights a new John Locke Foundation report on key elements of the 2014-15 N.C. state budget. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal focuses on the difficult task of assessing costs linked to cronyism.

Medicaid in the State Budget

Medicaid is one of the largest expenditures in state government. In this year’s budget Medicaid accounts for 18 percent of the General Fund and 72 percent of the Health and Human Services budget. A detailed assessment of the Medicaid budget suggested that existing forecasting methods, which were based on previous years’ actual spending levels, wouldContinue Reading

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