Category Archives: NC General Assembly

Posts about the NC General Assembly

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

State legislators recently debated the flow of Syrian refugees into North Carolina, a controversial private prison maintenance contract, and a closed-door vote to boost the pay of University of North Carolina chancellors. Rick Henderson dissects the General Assembly’s responses to those hot-button issues during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops responds toContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement that he will pursue legal action in the controversial case of a transgender public school student’s access to opposite-sex bathrooms and locker rooms. Barry Smith reports state government is moving forward with sales of unused government buildings and other property. Smith also reportsContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s hopes for his bill to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States until adequate safeguards are put in place. Barry Smith reports on this week’s legislative hearing on a controversial state prison contract. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal revisits an importantContinue Reading

NC spends larger share on K-12 education than most

The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) just published their annual State Expenditure Report.  This latest edition examines state spending for fiscal years (FY) 2013-2015. North Carolina was tied with Washington for 13th highest “elementary and secondary education expenditures as a percent of total expenditures,” spending 23.0 percent in FY 2015. That is upContinue Reading

NCGA/UNC/ZSRF program retains teachers in high need schools

From an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer, praising the N.C. New Teacher Support Program: It should be noted the N.C. New Teacher Support Program recently posted a 95 percent retention rate, which is significantly higher than average retention rates in districts across the state. Based on these retention data the New Teacher Support ProgramContinue Reading

NC’s Tax Ranking moves to #15

Every year the Tax Foundation publishes the State Business Tax Climate Index that allows taxpayers, businesses and policymakers an easy comparison of how their state’s tax systems relate. This ranking of the states is based on tax policy, and has been very important in North Carolina over the last few years. During the 2013 legislativeContinue Reading

2016 State Business Tax Climate Index

States with the most competitive business tax systems according to the Tax Foundation‘s most recent State Business Tax Climate Index. So what do the top ten tanked states have that North Carolina doesn’t? Property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes are levied in every state, but there are several states that score the highest that doContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on two N.C. lawmakers’ promises to continue working to end state renewable energy mandates. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal explains how direct primary care can help limit health care costs.