Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that a section of Interstate 77 could become the first highway in the state to use flexible toll pricing. John Hood’s Daily Journal outlines the fiscal conservative’s approach to public debt.

The Left’s new school funding argument

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published “Funding North Carolina’s Public Schools: Changes Since FY 2008-09.” The two-page note formed the basis of a piece by editorial page editor Ned Barnett (NB) of the News & Observer among others. I had hoped to provide a more detailed response to both, but mostContinue Reading

Long-term N.C. road-funding challenges

North Carolina has the second-largest network of state-maintained roads in the country and one of the nation’s highest gas taxes. Plus motor vehicles’ increased fuel efficiency means that the gas tax will bring in less revenue as time goes on. Gary Harris, executive director of N.C. Petroleum and Convenience Marketers, discussed the implications for theContinue Reading

In case you missed her …

Becki Gray responded on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” to Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to allow a new coal ash law to take effect without his signature.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the political and constitutional implications of a separation-of-powers dispute between Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal exposes the folly of fast-food workers’ attempt to more than double the government-mandated minimum wage.

Attorney Bob Orr says ‘no gamesmanship’ in Opportunity Scholarships timing

Bob Orr, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarships, said there was no attempt to strategically calculate the timing of the legal action to try to disrupt the program in its first year. “It’s certainly no gamesmanship on the part of the plaintiffs,” Orr said Tuesday. In a CJ Online article,Continue Reading

Wake County teacher salary schedules: Before and after the raise

The N.C. General Assembly increased teacher pay. But changes to the structure of the salary schedule make it difficult for taxpayers to understand the dynamics of the raise. Below is a comparison of Wake County’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 teacher salary schedules.  The annual salary listed includes the local salary supplement, which is one of theContinue Reading

NCAE proudly posts photo of meeting with Jim Hunt

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page: The photo also includes NCAE’s “messaging ideas,” which are written on a large sheet of paper behind Governor Hunt.  I’ll try my best to decipher the writing, but none of them are terribly revealing. – NCAE = public education students, educators, and ESP’s [educationContinue Reading