Budgets (page 5)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online details of the last statewide Civitas poll before the November election. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal credits bold legislative leadership for helping North Carolina deal quickly with the costs of Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
    Mitch Kokai, October 26, 2018
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    PolitiFact sets the record straight on teacher pay (kinda)

    Read: NC Democrat blames Republicans for low teacher pay. Why his claim is misleading Unfortunately, the article does not say a word about increases in total compensation.  After all, employee benefits were a $2.8 billion expenditure in 2017 and have increased susbstantially since the Great Recession.  Moreover, there is…
    Terry Stoops, October 23, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Multiple groups have touted North Carolina’s strong economy and fiscal health in recent years. That didn’t stop the libertarian Cato Institute from assigning Gov. Roy Cooper a grade of F in a recent fiscal report card. Cato’s Chris Edwards explains why Cooper earns poor marks in the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, October 19, 2018
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    State to sell prime real estate in Raleigh

    Employees at the Division of Employment Security, which is responsible for unemployment insurance, can walk by the rooms where they were born. The building housed Rex Hospital until 1980, when the hospital moved across town. A new request for proposals for office space tipped off Triangle Business Journal that…
    Joseph Coletti, October 18, 2018
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    Daily Journal: State’s fiscal health depends on more than just one politician

    Carolina Journal reported last week that North Carolina now holds a No. 9 ranking in the country for it’s fiscal health, from the free-market Mercatus Center at George Mason University. From John Locke Foundation’s Mitch Kokai: The overall ranking attracted attention from Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham,…
    Anna Manning, October 16, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on Raleigh’s adoption of new regulations for Airbnb and similar short-term rentals. The Daily Journal asks how a state with the nation’s 9th-best fiscal health can have a governor who gets a grade of F for fiscal policies.
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2018
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    Look beyond the headlines, and the Mercatus Center rankings highlight disturbing news

    Veronique de Rugy explains at Reason.com why the latest Mercatus Center ranking of states’ fiscal health raises serious concerns. [T]he study’s most important finding is that being at the top makes you healthier than others by comparison but not necessarily healthy overall. In fact, the authors show…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2018