Budgets

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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Theresa Opeka reports for Carolina Journal Online on the current state of N.C. state budget negotiations. John Hood’s CJ Opinion debunks recent claims about mortgage discrimination. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion asks whether limousine liberals control the Democratic Party.
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2021
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    Manchin: The Only Democrat in D.C. Who Respects Public Opinion?

    Tarren Bragdon writes for National Review Online about the U.S. senator from West Virginia who’s helping to stand in the way of massive new federal government spending. Everyone’s asking questions about Senator Joe Manchin. The West Virginian is the decisive vote on the $3.5 trillion spending bill under…
    Mitch Kokai, October 13, 2021
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    New Report: 97% of ARPA Funds Not Spent

    A new report released by the Reason Foundation finds that just a small fraction of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds directed to state and local governments has been spent. State and local governments have spent very little of the federal aid they allocated under…
    Brian Balfour, October 12, 2021
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    Billion Versus Trillion: There’s a Big Difference

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online ponders a recent error from a major mainstream media outlet. An amusing correction in the New York Times, where ace reporter Reid Epstein was off only by a factor of 1,000: “An earlier version of this article misstated the size of Democrats’…
    Mitch Kokai, October 7, 2021
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    Democrat Manchin Stands Up Against Trillions in New Spending

    Charles Cooke of National Review Online highlights one Democratic U.S. senator’s opposition to his party’s massive spending plan. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has just put out a statement that serves as a sequel to his recent Wall Street Journal piece. “While I am hopeful that common…
    Mitch Kokai, October 1, 2021
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    NC teacher retirement system great for taxpayers, average overall

    In Teacher Retirement Systems: A Ranking of the States, researchers from Bellweather Education Partners rank the teacher retirement systems of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report describes the 15+ variables used to create the ranking. North Carolina ranked 13 out of 51 overall.  States with…
    Terry Stoops, September 30, 2021
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    Biden’s Trillion-Dollar ‘Malarkey’ Exposed

    Editors at National Review Online critique one of the president’s mystifying claims. Joe Biden insists that his overstuffed, $3.5 trillion slop-pail of a spending package “costs zero dollars.” President Biden is, forgive us for noticing, completely crackers. There are a few ways of looking at the cost of…
    Mitch Kokai, September 30, 2021
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    States Question Authority for COVID Relief Funds

    In March 2021 President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Later, in May, states received guidance from Treasury on how states could spend the funds, including a provision interpreted by many to mean that states receiving funds would be barred from implementing tax cuts.
    Paige Terryberry, September 28, 2021