state budget

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    Analysis: House Budget Lifts Cap On State Match For Light Rail Funding

    After previously capping the amount of state funds that can be allocated to regional light rail projects, the House budget lifts the cap entirely. Writes JLF’s Julie Tisdale: Last year, the General Assembly capped the percentage of state funding for light rail projects.  According to that provision, state…
    Donna Martinez, June 5, 2017
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    House Budget – A Dozen Initial Take-Aways

    We’re still combing through last week’s committee reports, sorting out details from this morning’s Finance meeting and waiting for the full budget documents, but we’re starting to get a picture of what the House proposes in its budget. Here are a dozen things that struck me: 1. Spending is same…
    Becki Gray, May 30, 2017
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 1, 2017
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, May 18, 2016
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    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,…
    Sarah Curry, April 23, 2015
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    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…
    Sarah Curry, March 5, 2015
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    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…
    Sarah Curry, November 17, 2014
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    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…
    Barry Smith, August 3, 2012