Budgets (page 4)

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    Corporate Welfare: Which Way is North Carolina Headed?

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, published a research brief on Corporate Welfare. His piece establishes the four basic combinations of corporate taxes and corporate handouts (see image). Sanders writes that the most recent debate on corporate welfare in North Carolina has centered around the legislature’s…
    Brenee Goforth, July 25, 2019
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    National Review laments ‘bipartisan blowout’

    Editors at National Review Online critique a new federal spending deal. In an era of heightened partisan rancor, Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington still managed to come together in a spirit of bipartisanship this week to do that thing they do best — spend. Party leaders in…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2019
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    A nail in the Tea Party’s coffin

    Brian Riedl writes for National Review Online about the implications of a new federal budget deal. President Trump and congressional leaders are nearing a deal that would raise the discretionary-spending caps by $320 billion over two years and offset less than one-quarter of those costs (and even those…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2019
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    Is the Budget Impasse Really a Big Deal?

    JLF Senior Fellow Joe Coletti recently put out a brief on the current budget impasse. Coletti emphasizes that, unlike past budget discrepancies, the budget impasse is not an immediate crisis. While it is important to pass a new budget, North Carolina is not going to be devastated if it does…
    Brenee Goforth, July 24, 2019
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    Pension funding assumptions

    North Carolina had the sixth-best funded pension for state employees and teachers in the country in 2017, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Past and present state leaders deserve credit for regularly setting aside enough money to meet those pension obligations. The pension system also holds up well in…
    Joseph Coletti, July 18, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: How to resolve budget impasse

    This week, political analyst John Hood wrote a commentary in Carolina Journal on the current budget impasse. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the General Assembly’s budget proposal last month, so, until a resolution gets passed, some services will go unfunded. They include: One-time needs, additional funds for enrollment growth, appropriations needed…
    Brenee Goforth, July 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on approval of a state alcohol regulation reform bill. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers ideas for resolving the state budget impasse.
    Mitch Kokai, July 17, 2019
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    JLF’s Becki Gray Quoted in Forbes Article on Budget Standoff

    North Carolina’s budget standoff has been receiving national attention, and the John Locke Foundation has been the resident-expert on this debate for many of those trying to make sense of it all. Most recently, Forbes contributor Patrick Gleason utilized comments from JLF’s Becki Gray when writing his most recent commentary…
    Brenee Goforth, July 15, 2019