Budgets (page 252)

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    In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation for its initial reaction to new budget numbers released from the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
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    Samuelson: "Obama urges an ‘adult’ conversation and acts like a child"

    Live Blog Robert Samuelson's latest column is worth reading in its entirety, but his description of President Barack Obama is particularly noteworthy.
    Joseph Coletti, April 12, 2011
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    Cato expert tackles bill that would help IRS ‘run amok’

    Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute uses his latest video to expose “a reckless IRS proposal to force American banks to put foreign tax law above American tax law – even though it will cause capital to flee the American economy.” Mitchell also offers some analysis of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    If the election were held today …

    Whenever you see something like that in a polling story, remind youself: It never is. Case in point — a just-released poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling titled “Bad news for congressional Republicans,” noting that after a little more than 3 months in charge House Republicans have…
    Rick Henderson, April 12, 2011
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    Happy national Tax Freedom Day … with an asterisk

    The Tax Foundation says North Carolina reached Tax Freedom Day April 6. Today marks national Tax Freedom Day. This means the average taxpayer has worked long enough to pay his tax bills and now can turn his attention to working to meet other needs: food, clothing, shelter, and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    The latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on the General Assembly’s special meeting today at the old Capitol to mark the 235th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, a forerunner of the Declaration of Independence. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why it’s better to hire guards —…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    Amazon Tax trickles in

    Live Blog A Wall Street Journal editorial answers the question of how much money the Amazon Tax raised for North Carolina: $4.6 million as of January. The tax was supposed to bring in $35.9 million in FY2009-10 and FY2010-11, or roughly $12 million every six months. Before…
    Joseph Coletti, April 11, 2011
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    Barone examines the transformation of public opinion into policy

    Michael Barone‘s latest Washington Examiner article explores the “rough and ready process, with plenty of trial and error” that transforms public opinion into policy results. What is clear is that there already have been significant cuts in domestic discretionary spending — far more than…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2011