Category Archives: NC General Assembly

Posts about the NC General Assembly

How High is NC’s Gas Tax? and why….

How high is the gas tax in North Carolina?  Well, for starters, lets go back to 1980 when the tax was only 9 cents per gallon.  If we adjust that for inflation, that is 26 cents today. Today the state’s gasoline tax is 36.5 cents per gallon.  The difference between 1980 and today in realContinue Reading

Latest N.C. jobs report contains ‘excellent’ news

John Hood has sifted through the numbers associated with North Carolina’s latest employment report. He likes what he sees: RALEIGH — The latest federal employment report delivers excellent news for North Carolina. That’s the assessment from the John Locke Foundation’s chairman, who notes that state employers added 14,000 new jobs in September. That means aContinue Reading

Education funding in the states

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a left-wing think tank that publishes research and funds like-minded state-based operations including the N.C. Justice Center. This week, CBPP published a report that examined education spending.  And N.C. Policy Watch, part of the organization that receives funding from CBPP, said the usual stuff about evilContinue Reading

Does it matter if a candidate attended a public or private school?

Incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt and Democrat Brian Turner are competing for the privilege of representing Asheville in the N.C. House. The Republican is a product of public education.  Rep. Moffitt and his children attended public elementary, middle, high, and postsecondary schools.  The Democrat is a product of private schools.   Mr. Turner attended the private CarolinaContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

With all of the recent debate about reducing health care costs, there’s been little discussion about opening up competition by scrapping the state’s certificate-of-need law. Katherine Restrepo analyzes North Carolina’s CON restrictions during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses two key N.C. government revenue sources: the state lottery and local propertyContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that key state lawmakers still oppose Medicaid expansion. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal looks beyond the rhetoric about cuts to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Health and Human Services Budget in North Carolina

Health Care Solutions Week: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is made up of thirty divisions and offices, which are categorized under four broad areas: health, human services, administration, and support.  In addition, the department oversees fourteen facilities including developmental centers, psychiatric hospitals, and alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, amongContinue Reading

Elected Officials’ Salaries

With the election coming up in three weeks, the Wall Street Journal has published a piece on the salaries of elected officials, complete with charts and tables.  Given that we as taxpayers pay those salaries, and as voters choose the people who will receive them, it’s good to know just how much we’re paying andContinue Reading