Tag Archives: state budget

Cooper’s budget throws ethnic/racial minority students under the bus

Governor Roy Cooper’s budget would discontinue the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, funding scholarships only for those low-income children already receiving them. According to the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, 59 percent of the nearly 5,500 low-income students receiving an Opportunity Scholarship belong to an ethnic or racial minority group.  By proposing to freezeContinue Reading

Some teachers would get a 15 percent raise under House plan

The NC House released details of their state budget adjustments this week.  Although lacking some critical elements, the House budget includes an average 4.1 percent increase in teacher salaries and a $1,000 bonus for our beginning and most experienced public school teachers. The budgets of both Governor McCrory and the House also granted a “stepContinue Reading

Museums across the state receive $2.5 million from state taxpayers

The Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.  Yup, your state tax dollars are spent on museums across the state.  Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but most of these still charge admission and some have a pretty hefty price tag on a ticket.  Clearly, these museums are important local entities, visited by some and notContinue Reading

Meet the Budget Director

Each governor has a budget director.  This person is in charge of managing and helping create the governor’s budget.  A very stressful job, McCrory replaced Art Pope with Lee Roberts in August of last year.  In the spirit of McCrory’s release of his 2015-17 budget today, I found an article to help introduce the State’sContinue Reading

How Much does NC Spend?

When we think of the state budget, we mainly focus on the General Fund.  That is the funding source for education, Medicaid, and a number of other familiar state government services.  But what about all those other non-General Fund expenditures?  For example, transportation and the employment security commission are two large expenditures that are notContinue Reading

Sugar-coating a bitter pill

It’s tax-free weekend. That means I’ll be headed to the department stores to supplement my wardrobe. Sure, I know that the tax-free weekend is a gimmick. It was established in 2001 as a sugar-coating of a bitter pill. That year, the General Assembly raised a significant amount of taxes to bridge a budget gap. ButContinue Reading

Approach to unexpected tax revenues reveals legislator priorities

North Carolina’s General Fund revenues for this fiscal year are proving to be higher than anticipated. According to the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division, the 2012 surplus will be $232.5 million. Combine that with a $21 million higher projection for 2013, and legislators have $253.5 million to play with this session as they adjust their initial budget. IfContinue Reading

Proposed K-12 education budget: An analysis

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education released their budget recommendations this morning.  The bottom line is that the proposal would increase the education budget from $7,444,122,100 approved in 2011 to $7,692,234,560.  Much of this increase is paid for using nonrecurring (one-time) funds. Indeed, the elephant in the room is the $226,983,163 in nonrecurring funds usedContinue Reading