Budgets (page 250)

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    JLF regulatory expert touts two key reforms in budget plan

    While the General Assembly is focusing much of its attention on the dollars and cents in the new state budget plan, Daren Bakst is touting two key regulatory reforms state senators inserted in the budget. He explains them here and in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, June 2, 2011
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    Kudlow: ‘Boneheaded stimulus never works’

    Larry Kudlow‘s latest column posted at the Washington Examiner offers a less-than-stellar progress report on government stimulus efforts. The economy now looks like a Government Motors engine that’s stalling out. Or perhaps, with energy and food inflation, and housing deflation at the same time,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 2, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report dissects the state budget deal that’s moving through the N.C. Senate. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina needs no more socialized medicine.
    Mitch Kokai, June 2, 2011
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    Where did they get the money?

    A common question on the budget has been where the Senate got the $252 million to pay for new spending without raising the sales tax. The following table explains it in gory details. The budget sets aside less for future downturns, diverts money from other funds at the same rate…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2011
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    NC MomsRising tries to do the impossible

    Live Blog If you go by the Legislative Building today, you might see MomsRising members selling lemonade to”raise money for the state budget.” They promise “All proceeds will go to the General Fund for the State of North Carolina to invest in children.” It's an admirable goal,…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2011
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    Walter Williams examines the language of the budget debate

    A fascinating new column from economist Walter Williams delves into topics such as “entitlements” and “nondiscretionary” government spending: The language Congress uses to describe their spending is corrupt beyond redemption. Think about the term entitlement. If one American is entitled to something he didn’t…
    Mitch Kokai, June 1, 2011
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    Borders tackles the critical need for government spending restraint

    Max Borders’ latest Ideas Matter includes some observations about the role of government spending in her current federal budget woes: [Jeff] Miron is a clear and articulate spokesperson for the view that spending is a problem. It seems odd, perhaps, that anyone would need…
    Mitch Kokai, June 1, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington’s latest Carolina Journal Online report notes Gov. Beverly Perdue’s curious absence from a recent announcement of 200 new “green jobs” heading to the site of Alcoa’s Stanly County property. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the politics of a state budget deal that appears to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 1, 2011