Budgets (page 249)

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    The governor’s favorite four-letter word

    … as she comments on the Senate budget proposal.
    Rick Henderson, May 24, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report profiles the American Renaissance charter school in Statesville. John Hood’s Daily Journal punctures myths about legislative leaders’ proposals for funding public education in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Much of the debate about the impact of the N.C. House’s budget and tax plans has involved a mix of economic fact and fantasy. John Hood distinguishes the fact from fantasy in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Daren Bakst discusses property-rights legislation moving through the General…
    Mitch Kokai, May 20, 2011
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    Is Grandma really going to get shoved off the cliff?

    No, and Heritage Action for America has prepared a response to a Democratic National Committee video that suggests the falling-granny outcome from proposed Medicare reforms tied to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. Learn more about the Heritage Action response here, and watch the competing videos below. (As…
    Mitch Kokai, May 19, 2011
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    Thomas details debt ceiling ‘blackmail’

    Cal Thomas‘ latest column accuses the president and his treasury secretary of using the debt ceiling debate as a tool to blackmail Congress: One of Dictionary.com’s definitions of blackmail is “to extort money from (a person) by use of threats.” Substitute “taxpayers” for “person”…
    Mitch Kokai, May 19, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online article offers a progress report for the new Republican-led General Assembly. John Hood’s Daily Journal wades through inconsistent claims about the impact of state taxes and spending on North Carolina’s economy.
    Mitch Kokai, May 19, 2011
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    Reflections on the Carolina Issues Poll

    NC Policy Watch released the May 2011 edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. It is pretty interesting stuff, particularly this question: 1) Because of the national recession, the state faces a revenue shortfall reaching $3.7 billion. Without additional revenue, addressing the shortfall will mean a cuts-only approach that requires…
    Terry Stoops, May 18, 2011
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    New at CJO: Cabarrus vote confirms trend of low-turnout elections for sales tax hikes

    The latest Carolina Journal Online report explains how Cabarrus County voters’ approval of a quarter-cent sales tax hike fits with a pattern followed in other North Carolina counties.
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011