Budgets

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    Impeachment distracts from potential pork-filled spending bill

    Steven Nelson of the Washington Examiner highlights a major piece of congressional business that’s generating concerns for fiscal conservatives. Conservatives fear spending legislation that needs to pass within nine days will be stuffed with wasteful spending and policies they oppose, and that Republicans will be too distracted by…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2019
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    Finally! The Results of the WestEd Report

    On Tuesday, the contents of the highly anticipated WestEd report were released. The report was commissioned in 2017 by both the plaintiffs and defendants of the long-running Leandro lawsuit. The report contained dozens of recommendations, but here are the highlights listed in the research brief on the subject, authored…
    Brenee Goforth, December 11, 2019
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops responds to long-awaited school funding report

    On December 10, 2019, the long-awaited West Ed report was released. Below is JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops’ initial comments on the matter. https://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/app/uploads/2019/12/JLFs-Terry-Stoops-responds-to-long-awaited-N.C.-school-funding-report.mp4…
    Brenee Goforth, December 11, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a newly released report calling for North Carolina to spend $8 billion more over the next eight years on K-12 and early childhood education. John Hood’s Daily Journal praises the founder of the N.C. Institute for Political Leadership as a pioneer.  …
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2019
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    Becki Gray Discusses Medicaid, Elections, and Pipelines with WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii

    Last week, JLF’s Becki Gray made her regular appearance on North Carolina Public Radio WUNC with host Jeff Tiberii. Becki joined Rob Schofield from the N.C. Justice Center. In the episode, Tiberii asked his guests about the governor’s veto of the mini-budget that would have funded the transition of…
    Brenee Goforth, December 10, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online about a panel discussion highlighting the negative impact of social justice activism on N.C. higher education. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a recent court decision should help keep Gov. Roy Cooper in his lane.
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    “I’d say the strike is probably coming. It’s just a matter of time.”

    The comment in the title is from Dominique Beaudry, a social studies teacher at Jordan High School, who was interviewed by WUNC to discuss the education budget stalemate.  I wouldn’t consider the story balanced, given that they did not speak to any teachers that question Cooper’s decision to veto…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2019
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    “Best state” rankings or whatever

    U.S. News and World Report sucked me into clicking on a link to their Best States Rankings.  I have no idea when it was released this year.  Man, what a waste of my time. Anyway, North Carolina was #18 on the list. The state scores highest (#4) in the…
    Terry Stoops, December 4, 2019