Budgets

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    Democrats’ Spending Bill Even Larger than the Advertised $3.5 Trillion

    Editors at the Washington Examiner call foul on those who peg congressional Democrats’ spending proposal at $3.5 trillion. Two centrist sources, one of them explicitly Democratic, provided further reasons why Congress should reject the Democratic Party’s massive $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” spending bill. The best new reason to oppose…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2021
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    Could North Carolina be the next state to legalize sports gambling?

    North Carolina may consider a sports betting bill in 2021. Senate Bill 688, a bipartisan Senate proposal, would legalize and regulate online and in-person gambling. After a 2018 Supreme Court case that legalized sports betting, many states have authorized the practice. The bill has yet to come up for a…
    Jordan Roberts, July 22, 2021
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    Why North Carolina Needs a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, in One Chart

    Conservative legislative leadership has held state spending growth in check over the last decade. This is a good thing, meaning that you are keeping and making decisions over more of the money you earn, and the government’s sway over the economy is smaller than it was…
    Brian Balfour, July 21, 2021
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    “He is no longer on the fringe of the party. He is mainstream”

    The next time you’re mocked for raising the alarm about how far left the Democratic Party has moved since Barack Obama led the party, remind your critics of this scary headline about Sen. Bernie Sanders and his role in today’s Democratic Party: No, it’s not a conservative analyst…
    Donna Martinez, July 19, 2021
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    D.C. Dems Propose Controversial $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill

    Philip Klein of National Review Online urges Republicans to reject the latest Democratic spending plan on Capitol Hill. If there was ever any doubt about whether Republicans should abandon the ridiculous charade of the allegedly bipartisan infrastructure bill, Tuesday night’s news should obliterate it. Senate Democrats have announced…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2021
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    Economic Rorschach Test

    In psychology, a Rorschach test is one in which the patient is presented with a series of inkblot images, and how the patients perceive the images helps inform the psychologist about the patients’ personality characteristics and emotional functioning. Similarly, a chart accompanying a recent…
    Brian Balfour, July 14, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on John Locke Foundation experts’ recommendations for reining in the governor’s executive powers. A new CJ Opinion highlights Wednesday’s fifth anniversary of an important money-saving state budget law.
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2021
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    State-Run Retirement Plans for Private Sector Workers?

    There’s no doubt that the federal and state governments have far exceeded their core, constitutionally-established functions. HB 899, North Carolina Work and Save, would unfortunately continue that trend, and should be stopped. The bill would establish a retirement fund to be managed and administered by the…
    Brian Balfour, July 2, 2021