Budgets (page 3)

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    Trump to force Democrats’ hand on spending cuts

    Amber Athey and Saagar Enjeti of the Daily Caller report on the Trump administration’s budget strategy. The White House will submit a fiscal year 2020 budget to Congress in coming weeks which seeks to force the Democratic party’s hand on accepting spending cuts. Acting Office and Management…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2019
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    EdBuild: NC funds its schools equitably

    Some education advocacy organizations claim that North Carolina does not fund its school equitably, that is, the state fails to provide additional funding to its highest need public school students.  But those analyses are based on local funding differentials that fail to take into account state funding, which is, by…
    Terry Stoops, February 26, 2019
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    What happens when judges make up facts

    Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins overturned two constitutional amendments approved by voters in November, arguing that the General Assembly are “usurpers” who “did not represent the people of North Carolina.” John Hood explains how this fact-free ruling will endanger Democrats and invite “chaos and confrontation.” In his…
    Joseph Coletti, February 26, 2019
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    LISTEN HERE: This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Some Democratic presidential contenders and members of Congress have embraced the notion of “Medicare for all.” Roy Cordato explores what the catchy phrase would mean for American health care during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Donald van der Vaart analyzes recent legal battles involving N.C.
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2019
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    Research Update: N.C.’s 2019 Budget: Previewing Debt and Capital

    From John Locke Foundation’s Joe Coletti: Everybody wants a piece of North Carolina’s statutory debt limit. For the third consecutive year, the Debt Affordability Study recommends increasing the debt limit to 4.5 percent of General Fund revenue, up from the current 4.0 percent. A one-half percent hike in the debt…
    Anna Manning, February 20, 2019
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    Not-so-secret master’s pay endgame: Full restoration of supplement

    Senate Bill 28 is a bipartisan bill that seeks to restore master’s pay for teachers who obtain their degree in the subject that they teach. It would require a $6.8 million appropriation, according to the fiscal note attached to the bill. Many supporters of Senate Bill 28 believe that the…
    Terry Stoops, February 19, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Cooper staffer’s pipeline inquiry prompts warning against extortion from national governors’ group

    Carolina Journal‘s Don Carrington reports: As the Cooper administration engaged in negotiations involving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a national governors’ group warned a Cooper adviser against a state agency taking action comparable to extortion. The warning came in a Dec. 8, 2017, email from a National Governors Association staffer…
    Anna Manning, February 15, 2019
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    Guilford County Schools superintendent grateful N.C. legislature has increased public education funding

    Dr. Sharon Contreras, superintendent Guilford County Schools (GCS), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor today. In her written testimony, she thanked the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly for increasing state appropriations for public schools.  She wrote, “I am grateful that the North Carolina state legislature has increased public education funding…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2019