Category Archives: NC General Assembly

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What do Pennsylvania and NC have in common?

Neither state can pass a budget on time! Yup, Pennsylvania doesn’t have a budget yet either – but there is something interesting happening up north that hasn’t been talked about down here yet. According to this news article, there is a bill in the PA legislature that would suspend payment to lawmakers during a budgetContinue Reading






NC teachers being voluntarily exploited by Gene Nichol

The thing to remember about Gene Nichol’s latest News & Observer op-ed, “NC teachers being voluntarily exploited,” is that it is simply the latest in a sustained narrative designed to embarrass and discredit legislative leaders and Governor McCrory.  Where in his op-ed does he offer anything that may be construed as a policy recommendation?  Indeed,Continue Reading






Locker Room Talk: N.C. budget debate, Taxpayer Protection Act

Donna Martinez, Becki Gray, and Rick Henderson discuss N.C. budget negotiations and the proposed Taxpayer Protection Act during this week’s edition of “Locker Room Talk.”






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Democrats have not yet rallied around a single challenger to incumbent Republican Richard Burr in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. Rick Henderson analyzes potential candidates and Burr’s bid for a third Senate term during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses the work of a review commission studying the impact of CommonContinue Reading






Another budget extension….

Guess what?! Another budget extension.  Another extension gives lawmakers until September 18th to complete work on the state’s two-year spending plan.  The Senate had quite a few give their opinion about the dragging budget talks, but the bill to extend funding passed the Senate 37-6.  A short fifteen minutes later, the House passed the legislationContinue Reading






Sin taxes make up 2.7% of NC’s total tax collections

According to a Governing article, State sin tax collections exceeded $32 billion in fiscal year 2014, representing roughly 3.8 percent of total tax revenues. While they’re not a major source of revenue in most states, some do rely on them much more than others. Sin taxes account for the largest share of tax revenues inContinue Reading






TX comptroller releases 50-state scorecard

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published a nifty 50-state scorecard available here.  (For the rankings in each category, go here.) The scorecard includes a number of business, economic, demographic, and tax rankings for the 50 states. For example, North Carolina ranks 2nd in business tax burden but 49th in gas tax rate.  In addition,Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the latest state budget extension and new agreements in budget negotiations. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal highlights his new co-authored book on the Wake County school board’s recent political battles.