Gov. Pat McCrory

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    The Biggest Unreported Story About GOP Governance Since 2010

    From syndicated columnist John Hood, writing in the August issue of Business North Carolina, comes data that may surprise many folks.  The new state budget allocates $3.7 billion in gas and car taxes and fees to highways and other transportation expenditures in 2017-18, with $3.8 billion authorized for 2018-19. That…
    Donna Martinez, August 25, 2017
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    Like the idea of a lower, flat income tax rate? We’ve got it.

    While we wait for tax reform at the federal level, it’s already taken place here in North Carolina. Take a look at the reforms that are ensuring you keep more of what you earn — and say thanks to the fiscal reformers in the General Assembly and to former Gov.
    Donna Martinez, August 10, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on his one-on-one interview with former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why political trends favor Democrats in North Carolina’s next round of elections.
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2017
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    Join Us Monday: Treasurer Dale Folwell To Discuss Key Challenges With JLF Audience

    Join us Monday, June 5 at JLF. In this presentation, Treasurer Dale Folwell will discuss the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer and promises made that touch one out of every 10 adult North Carolinians: promises made to state employees, teachers, law enforcement, firefighters, and many others regarding their…
    Donna Martinez, May 30, 2017
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    ALEC critiques Cooper’s State of the State remarks

    Elliot Young of the American Legislative Exchange Council takes issue with Gov. Roy Cooper’s assessment of the State of the State. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper began his first State of the State address highlighting the shared interests of all Tar Heel State citizens, but…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2017
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    NC earns a C-minus on Quality Counts 2017

    Education Week just released Quality Counts 2017, which scores and grades state public school systems based on measures grouped into three broad areas: Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance. North Carolina was one of 14 states to receive a C-minus and the state’s score of 70.5 tied…
    Terry Stoops, January 4, 2017
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    Public school operating expenses totaled $12.7 billion last year

    Did I mention that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published financial data? The following is a table of current expense expenditures for the 2015-16 school year (in taxpayer dollars): Type State Federal Local Total SALARIES $5,745,652,306 $714,505,364 $1,525,082,588 $7,985,240,258 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS $1,937,086,829 $250,133,646 $474,342,145 $2,661,562,620 PURCHASED SERVICES $210,616,948…
    Terry Stoops, December 20, 2016
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    Big spenders: N.C. schools edition

    Here is another blog post summarizing financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction! The following is a table of the ten districts with the highest average per-student expenditure during the 2015-16 school year. District State Federal Local Total Hyde County Schools $12,723.04 $1,954.50 $3,124.31…
    Terry Stoops, December 20, 2016