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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new John Locke Foundation project detailing the state budget in a series of charts and illustrations. The Daily Journal chides those who make ridiculous claims in the debate over permitting some public school teachers to carry guns.
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2018
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    The State Is Spending Your Money, But On What?

    Join us at JLF Monday when Joe Coletti looks at how state government gets its money, how it uses that money, how that has changed over time, and how it might change in the future. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. 12 Noon. Save your seat. …
    Donna Martinez, March 12, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. Press Association recently tapped Carolina Journal for three awards — including first-place honors for election/political reporting and editorials. Rick Henderson discusses the honors during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Becki Gray analyzes the field of candidates for 2018 N.C. legislative elections. Heritage Foundation…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2018
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    Fayetteville’s taxpayer funded ballpark is happening

    Almost a year and a half ago, I wrote about Cumberland County’s plans to divert money from the school system to build a ballpark in Fayetteville for the Single-A Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros.  At the time I argued that building a $33 million stadium with city and…
    Julie Tisdale, March 8, 2018
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    Retirement costs and teacher pay: West Virginia edition

    After nine days on the picket line, teachers in West Virginia are headed back to the classroom.  Gov. James Justice signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that gives teachers the pay increase they demanded. Chad Alderman at the Teacher Pensions Blog points out that in West…
    Terry Stoops, March 8, 2018
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    Starbucks CEO: government is not capable

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz explains why the company provides in partnership with Arizona State University free college tuition to every one of its American employees working 20 hours or more a week. The country is $22, $23 trillion in debt, it doesn’t have the financial capability to do the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 8, 2018
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    Using the public coffers for political theater

    Nathan Jensen, a professor a the University of Texas, Austin, explains to readers of the New York Times that corporate incentives are simply political theater. We’ve made the same point, but it cannot be repeated often enough. “If Amazon chooses Atlanta, politicians will point to all that they…
    Joseph Coletti, March 6, 2018
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    Total state public school appropriations near $9 billion mark

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2018.  I have already noted that the average base teacher salary is now $51,214, an increase of $1,245 over the year before. Here is a summary of state education appropriations since…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2018