Budgets (page 252)

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    New at CJO: Lawmakers consider N.C. Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report covers the debate over a proposed state constitutional amendment dubbed the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2011
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    A chief obstacle in the battle against government bloat

    If you’ve spent much time with a public choice economist, you’ve likely heard about “concentrated benefits and dispersed costs.” The idea is that many indefensible government programs, subsidies, and tax breaks survive year after year because the few who derived the “concentrated benefits” from these goodies are very…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2011
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    Hot topic: class sizes

    Two weeks ago, I outlined my objections to the NC Senate majority’s plan to reduce class sizes in grades K-3.  The following details why: Recent studies of class sizes in North Carolina public schools (see below) suggest that there is a weak or no significant relationship between small class…
    Terry Stoops, May 25, 2011
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    Initial Reactions: Senate Appropriations Committee on Health & Human Services

    The Senate’s budget proposes the same cut to Smart Start as the House budget did which is 20 percent. The Senate’s budget also cuts community services by $30 million which is more than the House had proposed. The Senate proposes significant savings through the Community Care of North Carolina by…
    Kristin Szafranski, May 24, 2011
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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