Gov. Bev Perdue

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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
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    Climate alarmism and the NYT

    Kyle Smith uses a National Review Online column to explore the response to Bret Stephens’ first New York Times column. Ordinarily when war breaks out between the activist Left and the New York Times, the conservative impulse is not to delve too deeply into the substance…
    Mitch Kokai, May 3, 2017
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    Pension costs outpace per-pupil spending

    According to “Feeling the Squeeze: Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Education Spending” by Josh B. McGee of the Manhattan Institute, North Carolina was one of eight states that had declining per-pupil expenditures and growing pension contributions between 2000 and 2013. Education is the largest and potentially the most important…
    Terry Stoops, October 18, 2016
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    Brian Lewis gets it right

    I agree with Brian Lewis, former lobbyist for the NC Association of Educators and Managing Partner at New Frame, Inc. Let’s have an honest conversation about K-12 education spending – one that acknowledges all missteps along the way.
    Terry Stoops, April 28, 2016
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    DPI examines state funding trends

    The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently updated a graph detailing changes to state per pupil funding. It is interesting for two reasons.  First, if Republicans leaders continue to follow the trend depicted below, then North Carolina’s K-12 budget will receive a sizable boost next year. Second, it…
    Terry Stoops, September 29, 2015
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    Atkinson: Dems didn’t do enough to help SAT test takers

    The College Board released SAT test scores for the state and nation yesterday.  North Carolina’s average combined score dropped by five points.   The national average score is at its lowest point in the last decade. Rather than acknowledge that North Carolina is following a nationwide trend, Superintendent of…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2015
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    Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

    I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now…
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2015
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    State will purchase Hammocks Beach property, ending land grab

    The Council of State on Tuesday agreed to pay $7 million to purchase more than 200 acres of Onslow County waterfront property from members of the Hurst family, expanding the Hammocks Beach State Park and ending a nearly decade-long battle between the owners of the property and…
    Rick Henderson, April 7, 2015