Category Archives: NC General Assembly

Posts about the NC General Assembly

$69,157,850 In Education Contracts While Teachers Buy Classroom Supplies

The State Board of Education usually votes on contracts every month with one fell swoop. Next week the Board has a hefty list of 46 pages consisting of 74 individual contracts. This approval vote will spend over $69 million state and federal dollars. Who are the winners and what new initiatives are in this “wind fall”Continue Reading

What Senate leaders plan to do about NC’s Transportation needs

A press conference was held today by the NC Senate about what they planned to do regarding North Carolina’s transportation funding needs.  Here is a press release summarizing the press conference: Raleigh, N.C. – Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) joined co-chairs and members of the Senate transportation committees on Wednesday to highlight their comprehensive plan toContinue Reading

New Transportation Funding proposals to be released today

A press release from the NC Senate was sent out this morning about a news conference on transportation funding proposals.  The press release is below. Raleigh, N.C. – Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), along with co-chairs and members of the Senate committees on transportation, will host a news conference Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. inContinue Reading

Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now that former member of theContinue Reading

Government Efficiency is a priority for some states

North Carolina tried an experiment, it was called NC GEAR.  Government efficiency and performance based budgeting – ways to save dollars or use them more efficiently in state government.  Governor McCrory created the office, but both the NC Senate and NC House have left the program out of their budget proposals.  Why?  Do they notContinue Reading

45 States have a budget….NC is NOT one of them

As of July 20, 45 states have enacted budgets for fiscal 2016. New Hampshire and North Carolina are the two states that have passed a continuing resolution to avoid a state government shutdown. Illinois and Pennsylvania have not yet finalized their budget or enacted a continuing resolution. Alabama does not have a budget yet becauseContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina counties awarded $284 million in targeted incentives from 2009 to 2014. Sarah Curry analyzes this number and other details from her first-of-its-kind compilation of county government incentives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Becki Gray discusses a state budget proposal that would increase state and local government transparency. Reason magazine’s DamonContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling upholding the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program as constitutional. Austin Pruitt’s Daily Journal focuses on the positive role lobbyists can play in the legislative process.