Budgets (page 9)

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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
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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