Budgets

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    US soda taxes do little outside Philadelphia

    John Cawley and David Frisvold have become the leading authorities on soda taxes. In their current working paper with David Jones, they compare results in Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Philadelphia’s tax “decreased purchases by 27.7 percent,” but the authors “do not find impacts of the taxes in the…
    Joseph Coletti, October 21, 2019
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    JLF Terry Stoops Quoted in Citizen-Times on Teacher Pay

    On Friday, JLF’s Terry Stoops was quoted in a piece by Brian Gordon in the Asheville Citizen-Times. The piece focused on Gov. Roy Cooper’s plans to increase teacher pay. Gordon writes: In his initial budget proposal in March, Cooper called for a 9.1% pay increase for teachers over the next…
    Brenee Goforth, October 15, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s cash crunch. The Daily Journal highlights the one N.C. Supreme Court case this year in which the two likely candidates for chief justice have written against each other.
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019
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    Blog By JLF’s Becki Gray Prompts News and Observer Story

    On Monday, October 7, 2019, JLF’s Becki Gray published a letter from N.C. Senator Donald G. Davis, D-Pitt to Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen. The blog and letter prompted a story in the News and Observer. Colin Campbell, the reporter of the story, writes: Sen. Don Davis, D-Pitt,…
    Brenee Goforth, October 12, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on mini-budgets advancing through the General Assembly. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds us that future political developments might surprise us.
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2019
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    Is this letter to DHHS Secretary the break in the budget stalemate?

    NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Senator Donald G. Davis 5th District Office:      300 N.SalisburyStreet 523 Legislative Office Building Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5925 Phone:      (919)715-8363 Fax:            (919)754-3159 Email:         [email protected] Counties: Pitt andGreene October 4, 2019 Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, Secretary North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 2001 Mail Service…
    Becki Gray, October 7, 2019
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    JLF in the News: Joe Coletti Quoted in Heartland Institute Article

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti was quoted in a Heartland Institute article on internet sales tax. The article focuses on S.B. 523, a piece of legislation signed into law in July. The article’s author, Vivian Jones, writes: S.B. 523 “broadens the scope of sales tax on digital property by…
    Brenee Goforth, October 7, 2019
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    Sales Tax Promises

    Scott Sexton at the Winston-Salem Journal raises an important concern about county sales tax promises. Forsyth County commissioners say revenue from a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase will go to teachers, but under a strange (and correctable) quirk in state law that pertains to such things, county officials can’t…
    Joseph Coletti, October 4, 2019