Budgets (page 258)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report previews this week’s action for the N.C. General Assembly, including initial votes on N.C. House budget proposals. John Hood’s Daily Journal emphasizes the continuing importance of the Tea Party movement.
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2011
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    Becki Gray’s Wilmington Tea Party photos

    Here are some photos from Becki Gray’s appearance at Wilmington’s Tea Party rally.
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2011
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    It’s on …

    A few hours after the General Assembly ratified a bill linking an extension in unemployment benefits to a continuing budget resolution (should the legislature and Gov. Bev Perdue be at loggerheads at the end of the fiscal year), Perdue said she would veto the measure. As many as 37,000…
    Rick Henderson, April 16, 2011
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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