Budgets (page 4)

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    Newsflash! Taxpayers Pay for State Employee and Teacher Benefits

    John Locke Foundation’s Joe Coletti explains where funding for the State Health Plan comes from: An angry teacher on Facebook wondered why those in charge of the State Health Plan “felt the need…to remind us that we are funded by taxpayers” on the new insurance ID cards.  Worse,…
    Anna Manning, November 13, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018
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    How much did school districts spend last year?

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released per-student expenditure data for the 2017-18 school year. While most districts increased spending from 2017 to 2018, 10 districts spent less.  Overall, the state per-student expenditure increased by $306 compared to the year before, a 3.3 percent increase.
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018
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    “Funded by taxpayers” message riles teachers

    Some teachers are not happy that their new insurance cards remind them that their benefits are paid by taxpayers. From a popular Facebook group:            …
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018
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    The political challenge of entitlement reform

    James Capretta of the American Enterprise Institute explains why entitlement reform faces such a difficult path to success. Democrats in Congress have seized on recent comments by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to accuse Republicans of planning to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if the GOP holds…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2018
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    Weathering the storm through bold leadership

    An encouraging run down of the last four years from John Locke Foundation’s Becki Gray: If we learned one thing during the devastation and recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, it’s that setting aside more than $2 billion in savings for a rainy day was a very…
    Anna Manning, October 26, 2018
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    Work requirements are “fourth best” option

    What works better than work requirements to get poor people to work? During a roundtable discussion on work requirements in anti-poverty programs, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute 1) general economic growth, 2) removing barriers to participation in economic growth such as occupational licenses and post-prison criminal sanctions on…
    Joseph Coletti, October 26, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    During a brief trip back to Raleigh, state lawmakers approved another $850 million in hurricane relief. Becki Gray analyzes the state’s efforts to respond to Hurricanes Florence and Michael for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson assesses the latest developments in the debate over…
    Mitch Kokai, October 26, 2018