Kristin Szafranski


Posts by Kristin Szafranski (page 1)

  • Obtaining Factual Compensation Data Should Not Be This Difficult

    As a project for this summer, I was asked to look at the salary compensation comparisons between private sector employees and state employees.  Initially, as I began to compile the research needed, I was optimistic.  I knew other organizations had done similar reports and if I used their sources then…
    Kristin Szafranski, August 19, 2011
  • Happy Cost of Government Day

    Most of you have probably heard of Tax Freedom Day, the day that represents how long Americans must work before they have earned enough money to pay all federal, state, and local taxes for the year.  According to the Tax Foundation, North Carolina’s Tax Freedom Day for 2011…
    Kristin Szafranski, August 12, 2011
  • Why Auto Emission Regulations Aren’t Economical For NC

    In a time of economic uncertainty and stock market volatility, a report cited in the The News and Observer, stating that North Carolina is the 4th largest employer of clean and efficient auto parts in the country, might seem like a glimmer of hope for North Carolina’s future.  This ranking…
    Kristin Szafranski, August 11, 2011
  • Aren’t Matching Funds Unconstitutional?

    In today’s election committee meeting, Rep. Lewis told the committee that House Bill 710, Board of Ethics, Lobbying, and Campaign Finance, would not be taken up next week during redistricting and instead will be discussed in September. While most of the meeting was spent on presentations from the State Board…
    Kristin Szafranski, July 19, 2011
  • The Charter School Debate Rages on Across the Nation

    Here in North Carolina, Charter Schools emerged as an alternative to traditional public schools with the passage of legislation in 1996.  Until recently, the number of Charter Schools across the state was capped at 100.   History has shown that North Carolina’s Charter Schools have been beneficial to public…
    Kristin Szafranski, July 18, 2011
  • Calculating Your Carbon Footprint…Beneficial or Intrusive?

    Yesterday, hundreds from around the state gathered at the Success Without Excess water symposium to learn more about the future of water and water policy in North Carolina. While the theme of the conference was on water, one of the more entertaining segments was by Dr. Travis Gannon and his…
    Kristin Szafranski, July 15, 2011
  • Evaluating North Carolina’s Community College System

    In today’s Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, a significant portion of their time was spent hearing about and discussing a study done by the NCGA’s evaluation team on North Carolina’s Community College system. The evaluation team had four findings. North Carolina’s 58 community colleges were purposefully established to meet…
    Kristin Szafranski, June 28, 2011
  • Finally, The Committee on Dropout Prevention’s Last bit of Life

    Today, The North Carolina General Assembly’s Committee on Dropout Prevention’s Budget and Program Revisions Subcommittee met via conference call to discuss current budget submissions and program revisions.  When the newly passed budget takes effect on July 1, there will no longer money allocated to continue this program.  As you may…
    Kristin Szafranski, June 27, 2011