Budgets (page 254)

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    Governor’s School on the chopping block

    At the Student Free Press Association blog, Carolina Review editor Anthony Dent (a Governor’s School alum) defends the proposal by General Assembly Republicans to end taxpayer funding of the program. Sure, it’s a life-changing experience, but why does the government have an obligation to subsidize someone’s life-changing experience? Dent…
    Rick Henderson, April 7, 2011
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    Weekly Standard’s Cost dissects the economy’s role in Obama’s re-election effort

    As the Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost notes in a column this week, some observers believe President Obama will be well-positioned for re-election if the national unemployment rate dips below 8 percent. Cost presents a more complicated picture for the president. When we abandon the quick-and-dirty methodology…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Barone discusses Ryan’s federal budget ideas

    Michael Barone‘s latest column focuses on the plans U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has put forward to put the federal budget back on the right track: “This is the most predictable crisis in the history of our country,” he went on. “We…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Perdue wrong on Medicaid

    Live Blog Gov. Bev Perdue opposed the Ryan budget even before it was released. One specific area mentioned in the News & Observer was the idea of a block grant for Medicaid. This is something we have recommended more than once. A block grant would give…
    Joseph Coletti, April 6, 2011
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    Happy N.C. Tax Freedom Day: Now you can work for yourself

    The Tax Foundation tells us that April 6 marks North Carolina’s Tax Freedom Day. That means that every day you’ve worked so far this year has been a day worked to pay off your tax bills. Now you can work the rest of the year to pay the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2011
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    Tackling growing income inequality

    It’s a shame that Fortune has not yet posted Geoff Colvin’s latest magazine column online; it offers an excellent answer to those who want to reduce income inequality in the United States by “soaking the rich.” Since I can’t provide you a link, here’s a summary: Yes, the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2011
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    Cato expert dissects the Ryan plan

    Cato’s Chris Edwards offers some analysis of the budget plan U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is pushing. The conclusion: Ryan’s budget plan would make crucial reforms to federal health care programs, and it would limit the size of the federal…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2011
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    Showdown in Wisconsin

    Voters in the Badger State are holding a referendum of a sort on Gov. Scott Walker’s courageous stand against the public employee unions. Conservative Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is being challenged by a left-wing activist who’s become the darling of the unions and progressives and everyone else in…
    Rick Henderson, April 5, 2011