Category Archives: Budgets

Now that they’ve won elections

Quin Hillyer outlines in a National Review Online column how conservatives on Capitol Hill ought to pursue policy improvements — big and small. Hillyer starts by recounting a conversation with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. “I’m excited about the opportunity finally to move bills through both the House and the Senate, and putContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that the commission charged with replacing Common Core school standards has no money to do its work. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal reports on the opening stages of North Carolina’s latest state budget process.

How Much does NC Spend?

When we think of the state budget, we mainly focus on the General Fund.  That is the funding source for education, Medicaid, and a number of other familiar state government services.  But what about all those other non-General Fund expenditures?  For example, transportation and the employment security commission are two large expenditures that are notContinue Reading

Speaker candidate Moore hits a home run

Representative Tim Moore is one the candidates for Speaker of the N.C. House.  I have not examined the education policy priorities of the other folks vying for the position, but I think they would have a difficult time topping Rep. Moore. In a pamphlet distributed to members of the House, Moore said, North Carolina isContinue Reading

The State’s Budget is being created right now…

The upcoming legislative session will begin the state’s biennial, or two year, budget cycle. Each biennium begins in an odd-numbered year and also ends in an odd-numbered year. For example, the 2015-17 biennium covers the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017, and includes fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17. Even though the newContinue Reading

Results from Bonds on the ballot

During this election cycle, many decided to offer general obligation bonds to pay for schools, streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation, water systems, and many other items.  While many might argue that these items are a function of government, should debt be issued to fund these initiatives? General obligation bonds are a general obligation ofContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Rick Henderson reports for Carolina Journal Online on state officials’ request for further “legal review” of a stimulus grant linked to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s family. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores massive growth in government spending since the Great Depression.

Bonds on the ballot

North Carolina hasn’t seen a state-wide bond referendum since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean the local governments haven’t had a bond on the ballot.  This year there are a number of bond items on the ballot including water systems, parks and recreation, schools, sidewalks, and many more.  Some for the county, and some areContinue Reading