Budgets (page 259)

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    Goldberg urges Republicans to adopt an age-old strategy

    The Democrats’ upset win in this week’s special New York congressional election prompts Jonah Goldberg to offer some advice to Republicans: Remember your Julius Caesar. The simple fact is that the Democrats have their battle plan. It’s going to be Medi-scare every day in…
    Mitch Kokai, May 27, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Beverly Perdue and her Democratic allies have decried Republican state budget proposals because of the number of potential state government layoffs associated with the GOP plans. What the governor ignores is the offsetting job creation linked to Republicans’ proposed tax cuts. Joseph Coletti offers a more thorough review of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 27, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with the American Enterprise Institute’s Steven Hayward about the waning influence of the environmental movement. Donna Martinez’s guest Daily Journal explores the potential impact of a state “Tax Me More Fund.”…
    Mitch Kokai, May 27, 2011
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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