Budgets (page 250)

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    ‘We Ain’t Going Away’

    It’s the theme song of Moore Tea Citizens, one Tea Party group that joined with others across the state and nation today for events related to the traditional April 15 income tax filing deadline. (Since this year’s deadline is Monday, other events are scheduled over the weekend and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2011
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    Perdue sends press release touting $141 state contract

    OK, it wasn't the only item in Gov. Bev Perdue's release citing the wonders of her North Carolina Business Preference Program. Only the most ridiculous one. Here's the deal. Perdue signed an executive order instructing state officials to find some way to give in-state companies a leg up over out-of-state rivals for government contracts. Under some circumstances, N.C.-based companies that don't offer the low bid to do a job can submit a second bid and win the contract. To date, the adminstration claims more than $3.6 million in business has stayed at home since January 1. There are tons of problems with this approach, not the least of which is -- if in-state firms could re-bid, why weren't' out-of-state ones allowed to do so as well? How many tax dollars were left on the table by not allowing a full round of new bids?
    Rick Henderson, April 15, 2011
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    NC’s Rail Boonboggle

    Some argue that there is no rational reason to oppose the $461 million that the feds are sending to NC for rail improvements.  My Herald Sun op-ed lists several very rational reasons to turn back this money just like Florida, Wisconsin and Indiana have.  Here is just one. Rail…
    Michael Sanera, April 15, 2011
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    New at CJO: This week’s legislative action featured battle of budget

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report recaps this week’s legislative action, including a “battle of the budgets.”…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson about several recent controversies involving North Carolina’s occupational licensing rules. Michael Lowrey’s guest Daily Journal explains that the recent recession prompted many local governments to boost property tax bills.
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2011
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    New at CJO: Teacher training center could be on the chopping block

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a controversial North Carolina teacher training center that could face the budget ax under House Republican budget plans.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    Senate votes to override Perdue’s veto on the State Health Plan fix

    From Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office: Senate votes, again, to keep State Health Plan afloat Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate today voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill that closes a half-billion dollar deficit in the State Health Plan.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    Goldberg dissects the congressional debt limit vote

    Jonah Goldberg sat down for an interview with CarolinaJournal.tv and Carolina Journal Radio Wednesday before his speech to a UNC-Chapel Hill audience. Asked which current events are attracting his interest these days, the No. 1 item on Goldberg’s list was the upcoming congressional vote on raising…
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011