Budgets (page 2)

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    Hood asks whether politicians really want to lead

    John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on politicians who want to exhibit real leadership.
    Mitch Kokai, December 26, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The Republican-led General Assembly has had success in recent years cutting tax rates, increasing spending on high-priority items, setting aside money for a rainy day, and still balancing the state budget. They’ll face new challenges in the new year. Joseph Coletti dissects those challenges in the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2018
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    The problem of ‘backdoor’ spending

    Quin Hillyer of the Washington Examiner probes a little-known piece of the federal government spending problem. Analysts often speak figuratively about “out of control” federal spending, but a House subcommittee hearing this week showed that most federal spending quite literally is out of control. As in, Congress doesn’t…
    Mitch Kokai, December 18, 2018
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    Your tax dollars at work: Gardening and self-esteem edition

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon explores another dubious use of taxpayer funding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending a quarter of a million dollars on an effort to boost the self-esteem of teenagers by teaching them how to garden. Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.,…
    Mitch Kokai, December 18, 2018
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    GoDurham buses losing money; but the train is coming

    Durham’s transit agency, GoDurham, is cutting routes and changing others as management tries to reduce a budget shortfall over the next five years. Plans for a  $2.47 billion light rail system to connect Durham and Chapel Hill continue to advance. How does that happen? The city started bus routes…
    Joseph Coletti, December 14, 2018
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    Bringing back congressional earmarks

    With Democrats set to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports on their plan to revive a discarded piece of past federal budgets. House Democrats are eager to revive the notorious earmark, which is any provision that allocates cash to…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    More fiscal notes, please

    We’ve been generally supportive of the General Assembly’s approach to budgeting, even as we’ve cautioned against overspending and continued to seek reforms in the process. Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene highlight North Carolina in their summary of a useful report from the left-of-center Center for Budget and Policy Priorities on…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2018
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    Shining light on budget differences

    Unlike many of their media peers, editors at the Washington Examiner issue no complaints about this week’s televised shouting match featuring President Trump, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer, and House counterpart Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, Pelosi didn’t seem to be enjoying the show she had done as much as…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018