Budgets (page 247)

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    Congressional conservatives worry about phony budget cuts

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article details congressional conservatives’ skepticism about budget deals promising trillions of dollars in cuts. Boehner has spoken repeatedly about “trillions, not billions” in federal spending cuts. There has been talk of $2 trillion, $3 trillion, maybe even more in…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details Guilford County Schools’ surprising $10 million surplus. John Hood’s Daily Journal assesses the political implications of votes to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s vetoes.
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2011
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    Free lunches in public schools raise questions

    It’s hard to determine the level of fraud plaguing the federally funded program that provides free and reduced-price lunches to school kids. But existing evidence suggests a more-than-marginal percentage of families taking advantage of the program abuse the system. Carolina Journal Associate Editor David Bass has reported on…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2011
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    Sununu highlights a critical piece of the debt-limit debate

    It’s a political drama that teaches some valuable lessons, but the federal debt-limit debate also highlights a disturbing fact: Too many Americans rely on government handouts. As former New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu notes in a new TIME column: “The dirty little secret about…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report discusses N.C. House plans to study sales of state government assets. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the fundamental flaw of government stimulus spending.
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2011
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    What do Elizabeth Dole and Paul Begala have in common?

    Both apparently love Bob Dole. Elizabeth’s affection for her husband is understandable, but the former Clinton epigone Begala might shock many Newsweek readers with a new column titled “I Miss Bob Dole.” Read the column, though, and you’ll understand why Rush Limbaugh’s favorite forehead yearns for the days…
    Mitch Kokai, July 22, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Michael Sanera about local governments’ use of their savings accounts to cope with cuts in state funding. Rick Henderson’s guest Daily Journal says Democrats concerned about the latest North Carolina congressional redistricting plan can…
    Mitch Kokai, July 22, 2011
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    Debt’s tipping point

    Regular attendees of the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society meetings know that government debt can lead to serious economic problems once it grows beyond a certain level. During an April presentation, N.C. State economist Thomas Grennes pegged the threshold at roughly 77 percent of gross domestic product. In…
    Mitch Kokai, July 21, 2011