Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 86)

  • N.C.’s New Public Education Budget: Prudent, Thoughtful Plan

    North Carolina’s new General Fund budget appropriates more than $9 billion to public education. JLF’s Terry Stoops writes the plan is attentive to children, teachers, and principals, and it addresses the need to reduce costly, inefficient bureaucracy and to invest in business systems. Read the details here.
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017
  • House Overrides Cooper Budget Veto 76-43. We Have a Budget.

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way has the very latest on N.C. budget actions. Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, gave an impassioned defense of the $23 billion bipartisan General Fund budget compromise Wednesday morning, and the House quickly followed his motion to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the spending plan in…
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017
  • LISTEN: JLF’s Becki Gray Testifies Before Legislative Committee About Recodification of Criminal Code

    Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, spoke briefly this morning in favor of the provision of Senate Bill 114 that would create a new commission to recodify North Carolina’s criminal code. Gray offered this testimony during a meeting of the N.C. House Finance Committee meeting. The…
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017
  • Care To Guess Which 5 North Carolina College Campuses Get The Top Grade For Protecting Free Speech?

    In his Daily Journal, John Hood gives us an update on how North Carolina universities and colleges are doing when it comes to their commitment to a most fundamental issue: the right to free speech.  Five campuses — UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina Central, and East Carolina…
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017
  • Budget Veto Override Done In Senate. Now On To The House.

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on late-day action in the North Carolina Senate.  A last-minute plea from Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake, for new budget negotiations fell on deaf ears. The Senate voted 34-14 late Tuesday afternoon to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the $23 billion General…
    Donna Martinez, June 27, 2017
  • Gov. Cooper Makes It Official

    How long will the veto last? Expectations are that the General Assembly will override Gov. Cooper’s budget veto rather quickly. There is little doubt the votes are there. Keep your eye on carolinajournal.com for the latest news.
    Donna Martinez, June 27, 2017
  • North Carolina’s Rainy Day Fund at Its Highest Level Ever

    JLF’s Joe Coletti reviews the newly-approved 2017-18 General Fund budget and cautions legislators not to become complacent about their track record of producing responsible budgets. Among the highlights of legislators’ fiscal prudence: a rainy day fund that sits at its highest level ever.
    Donna Martinez, June 27, 2017
  • Why is a Beaufort County Community Fighting So Hard Against a Solar Facility?

    Six hundred acres. That’s the size of a planned solar facility in the Beaufort County community of Terra Ceia. Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, explains the controversy during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Watch the interview here. Read more of the story here.
    Donna Martinez, June 26, 2017