Budgets (page 251)

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    It doesn’t end with the debt ceiling – more right here at home.

    The federal government is not the only taxing entity increasing our debt.  NC counties, cities and towns have increased their debt by 3% in the last twelve months. Triangle Business Journal reports, “Divided by the population, the state-level debt works out to $746.31 for every man, woman and child…
    Becki Gray, August 5, 2011
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    York examines the time-honored tradition of Bush-bashing

    He’s been out of office for more than 2 1/2 years, but George W. Bush continues to catch heat for his economic policies. Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article asks how much longer supporters of the current administration can get away with their Bush-bashing.
    Mitch Kokai, August 5, 2011
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    Atkinson: Test score drop reflects “continued education cuts…”

    According to the News & Observer, State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson argued, “I do believe that these [test score] drops reflect the continued education cuts we’ve had to make the past few years.” A few thoughts on the claim: 1. If Atkinson is going to make this argument, she…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    A first look at state test results

    According to a Department of Public Instruction press release, North Carolina’s graduation rates increased and test scores decreased last year.   We do not know why the graduation rate and pass rate are going in separate directions. One possible explanation is that the weak job market encouraged academically weak students…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
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    Thomas takes on Tea Party critics

    Cal Thomas‘ latest column takes Democratic politicians to task for comparing Tea Party activists to terrorists. It is not Tea Party people who are the “terrorists.” A terrorist seeks to destroy. Who is the real destroyer in the debt-ceiling debate? Who wants to continue…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on Raleigh’s delayed action on amending city food truck rules. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why government spending restraint is necessary to balance budgets.
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2011
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    Cato expert analyzes the debt-limit deal

    The debt-limit compromise leaves Cato’s Michael Tanner wanting. He explains why in a new column for National Review Online: To say that Congress labored mightily and brought forth a mouse is an insult to mice. In the face of a $1.1 trillion…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2011
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    Tapscott compares the debt-ceiling deal to … baseball?

    Strange as it may seem, Washington Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott has come up with a good baseball analogy for Tea Party-backed congressional representatives approaching the debt-limit debate. He likens them to a batter in the box. Now picture the Washington establishment as…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2011