Budgets

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    Gov. Cooper supports corporations that profit from children

    Governor Roy Cooper is asking folks to donate school supplies to public schools.  The effort will start on August 14th and end on September 8. Remember that every purchase will support a for-profit corporation.  Why is this important?  As I wrote last week, Even if these charter [school]…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill that would highlight criminal penalties tied to N.C. licensing boards. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal questions downtown revitalization grants included in the latest N.C. state budget.
    Mitch Kokai, August 11, 2017
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    Debt-ceiling fight on the horizon

    Michael Tanner uses a National Review Online column to preview a looming congressional showdown. If you thought the recent fight over health-care reform was fun, get ready for the next big Washington circus: raising the debt ceiling. In October of 2015, Congress chose to avoid the usual fight…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2017
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    Bad ideas can still be constitutional

    Gov. Roy Cooper yesterday amended his constitutional challenge against the General Assembly to include three additional claims about separation of powers and the budgeting of funds for opportunity scholarships, federal block grants, and settlement funds from Volkswagen. On the opportunity scholarships, Section 6.6(b) states, “When developing the base budget,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 9, 2017
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    Pensions nationwide doing better, but not healthy yet

    North Carolina’s pension plans for government employees did well this past fiscal year, growing 10.6% to $93.9 billion. That was below the median gain for all public pension funds in the country of 12.4% through June 30. One good year, however, does not eliminate the need to continue…
    Joseph Coletti, August 9, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that legislative leaders are skeptical about the latest proposal to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights five key facts about North Carolina’s new state budget. No. 3 will shock you! (Not really. I just couldn’t resist throwing…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2017
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    A reminder of long-term federal funding challenges

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s crunches the numbers for Social Security and Medicare. They don’t look good. This is a good time to publish reports on the performance and prospects of the federal government. Sending them out when much of the nation is at the seashore or the mountains…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a battle between the state auditor and clerks of Superior Court across North Carolina. The Daily Journal identifies one temporary government commission that might deserve a longer life.
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2017