Budgets (page 289)

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    N.C. “Blue Dogs” vote to keep NPR on the taxpayer gravy train

    Following up on yesterday’s post, The Corner reports the U.S. House voted 228-192 (with one “present”) to defund National Public Radio. Of interest, the roll call shows the Tar Heel State’s so-called centrist Democrats, Mike McIntyre (7th District), Larry Kissell (8th), and Heath Shuler (11th) all supporting…
    Rick Henderson, March 17, 2011
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    Film Office flim flam

    Live Blog The Wilmington Star-News touts state subsidies to movies. Not all of the money goes to movie stars, however, some of it goes to promoting the tax credits themselves. The N.C. Film Office plans to print out business cards and give them to film…
    Joseph Coletti, March 17, 2011
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    ‘It was very mysterious. … We spent less money than we took in.’

    That’s the secret Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels “reluctantly” revealed to Peter Robinson during an “Uncommon Knowledge” interview segment about the Hoosier State’s efforts to erase its budget hole.
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kristy Bailey’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that would deny UNC and N.C. community college admission to illegal immigrants. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on North Carolina’s need for leaders who take the state’s problems seriously.
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2011
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    Budget transfers

    Live Blog The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law explained to State Controller David McCoy why the governor cannot just transfer money from one account to another as she chooses to pay bills. This follows two earlier memos on transfers and the special objects clause of…
    Joseph Coletti, March 15, 2011
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    NCICL rebuts governor’s justification for money transfers

    From the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law: RALEIGH, NC. March 15, 2011—Today, lawyers with the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) received and reviewed a memorandum prepared by State Controller David McCoy in which he claims the Governor’s plan to raid the Employment Security Commission…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
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    Familiar names top the state’s tax burden list

    If you’ve read the lead story at CarolinaJournal.com, you’ve learned the highlights of the John Locke Foundation’s latest By The Numbers report on local government tax-and-fee burdens. Joe Coletti discusses some of the key findings in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011
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    Fortune columnist echoes Hood’s argument

    Read Allan Sloan’s latest Fortune column, and you’ll note that his politics differ from those of John Locke Foundation President John Hood. Still, Sloan’s argument that New York and New Jersey can’t fill state budget gaps with tax increases brings to mind Hood’s argument that “…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011