Gov. Bev Perdue

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    Judge Manning: “I had no fuss with the legislature”

    Judge Howard Manning oversaw the Leandro v. State of North Carolina case for decades.  In an interview with David Crabtree of WRAL, he praised Phil Berger and the Republican General Assembly for their focus on reading in the early grades.  He is skeptical of the WestEd report. Highlights: “I had…
    Terry Stoops, August 26, 2020
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    UNC system campus administrator gains outpacing faculty gains

    Laura Wright, an English professor at Western Carolina, opines in today’s Raleigh News & Observer, “For more than a decade, the salary stranglehold on UNC system faculty has been perpetuated by our state’s legislature and ignored by the media. Flat wages over such a long period actually constitute cuts…
    Joseph Coletti, February 19, 2020
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    Medicaid eats state budgets

    Pensions and health benefits for retired state employees are a significantly understated obligation for state governments, but until states actually budget money for those needs, Medicaid is the biggest threat to other state spending. The National Association of State Budget Officers reminds us of that with today’s release of the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 21, 2019
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    30 years of spending

    The General Assembly has provided real spending discipline since 2011, in marked contrast to the previous two decades. In the graphs below, we look first at the General Fund, then at total spending, then at the General Fund’s share of total spending. Within each set, we look first at inflation-adjust…
    Joseph Coletti, September 23, 2019
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    How to use one-time money

    Yesterday, the governor’s Office of State Budget and Management and the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division released their latest consensus forecast, which includes the truly surprising April tax collections. Earlier reports suggested the revenue could be as much as $700 million higher than originally forecast. The final estimate is…
    Joseph Coletti, May 15, 2019
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    How North Carolina gained $470 million annually for transportation

    The Highway Fund and Highway Trust Fund pay the transportation needs of North Carolina. For most of their existence, these funds also transferred money to the General Fund and paid for operations of the State Highway Patrol. Bipartisan efforts since 2005 have ended these payments, meaning state government has $470…
    Joseph Coletti, May 6, 2019
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    Former Governors Join Cooper In Opposing Two Constitutional Amendments

    It was a rare gathering of five former North Carolina governors of both political parties, as Will Rierson reports for Carolina Journal. All five attended Monday’s news conference to express opposition to two constitutional amendments the General Assembly has passed and that are scheduled to appear on the November…
    Donna Martinez, August 14, 2018
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    Comparing tax packages

    Gov. Roy Cooper took to Medium today to rail against Republican tax reforms in North Carolina and in Congress. His comparisons fall flat, however, because his comparisons for North Carolina start after the $1 billion reduction in sales taxes, passed over Gov. Perdue’s veto, that had a larger impact…
    Joseph Coletti, November 30, 2017