Budgets (page 8)

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    Locke experts: Cooper’s latest budget plan spends too much, takes aim at parents’ educational choices

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest two-year budget plan would spend far too much money, setting North Carolina’s state government on an unsustainable future path. The governor also continues his pointless push to expand Medicaid, touts an unnecessary bond package, and targets popular parental school choice programs for cutbacks. These are some…
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2021
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    COVID-19 stimulus bill includes many questionable items

    Mairead McArdle details for the Daily Wire some of the least-defensible elements of the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus package. Some of the items are only loosely related to relieving pandemic woes, and in some cases, Democrats appear to have given up attempting to connect the funding to the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2021
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    Democrats pursuing party-line tax-hike vote

    Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports Republican warnings about D.C. Democrats’ tax plans. President Biden’s plan to raise corporate taxes could make it through the Senate if Democrats employ a budgetary tactic that will circumvent a GOP filibuster, Republicans warned. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Democrats will…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2021
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    Your price tag for COVID-19 stimulus

    You thought that $1,400 stimulus check was free money? Kevin Hassett and Matthew Jensen set the record straight at National Review Online. With all the trillion-dollar numbers spinning about government policy these days, it’s easy to lose perspective on the scale of recent federal spending. We decided to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2021
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    Does the Rescue Plan attack state sovereignty?

    Is Joe Biden and Congress trying to dictate tax policy to all 50 states? On Monday, Joe Coletti highlighted – among other reasons – that North Carolina should “just say no” to the federal funds included in the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act because it potentially…
    Brian Balfour, March 17, 2021
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    Bill filed to give away millions of taxpayer dollars to Hollywood studios

    A bill was filed today that would add another $34 million to the program that gives away taxpayer dollars to wealthy Hollywood movie studios. Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) and Paul A Lowe, Jr. (D-Forsyth), would commit $34 million in film production…
    Brian Balfour, March 15, 2021
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    Covid-19 bill in Congress still awful, unnecessary and potentially counterproductive

    Moderate Democrats in the Senate are the last line of defense for fiscal sanity and against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 disaster exacerbation bill. With the economy strengthening, vaccines promised for all adults by the end of May, and schools and states reopening, the need for the bill weakens and concerns…
    Joseph Coletti, March 5, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal on a report that warns North Carolina might run out of money soon for transportation projects. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion argues that now is the time to approve constitutional carry in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2021