Category Archives: Budgets

Cruz lifts curtain on debt ceiling political maneuver

Alex Pappas reports for The Daily Caller on an interesting passage from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s new book. Cruz specifically criticizes the Republican leadership in the Senate for how they dealt with the issue of raising the debt ceiling in early 2014. … … Cruz said the leadership asked senators to agree to a 50-voteContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the group of Lake Norman area business leaders who traveled to Raleigh Tuesday to fight a plan for new toll lanes on Interstate 77. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why it’s good that N.C. House and Senate budget negotiators didn’t rush into a bad deal.

House passes continuing resolution

Late last night the NC House of Representatives sent out a press release discussing their vote on a continuing resolution for the state budget.  Below is the press release: Today the North Carolina House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) in order to fund State government functions through August 14, 2015 at 11:59pm. AContinue Reading

Longtime Barron’s D.C. man leaves with pessimism intact

Jim McTague‘s last “D.C. Current” column for Barron’s offers little comfort for those seeking good news about the future of American politics and public policy. My pessimism is grounded in the dogged unreality of Washington. Protracted Federal Reserve interest-rate policies, and a six-year fiscal stalemate between Congress’ mulish Tea Party and our overly zealous European-styleContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor probes Greece’s ongoing problems

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s explains why recent positive changes from the Greek government do not solve its lingering problems. Despite appearances, Greece is not having a fiscal crisis. The Greek government has proved it can balance its current budget. Income from taxes from January to May pretty much equaled spending on pensions, rail subsidies, governmentContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As North Carolina’s state budget debate enters the negotiation stage, Becki Gray focuses on the Senate’s budget recommendations during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review discusses his recommendations for a closer alignment between conservative and libertarian political ideas, as spelled out in his new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto.Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Harry Painter reports for Carolina Journal Online that state legislators are considering year-round funding for community college courses. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal criticizes members of the media who’ve forgotten the importance of the First Amendment.

WRAL fact check on education spending? Hilarious.

OK, folks, let’s not get too bent out of shape about WRAL’s latest fact check, “Fact Check: Senators debate education spending, constant dollars, fairy tales.” Consider the function of a “fact check,” that is, to combine bias with lack of policy expertise. Next, consider who WRAL’s Mark Binker contacted to provide policy expertise.  1) Andrew Brod,Continue Reading