NC General Assembly

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    Proposed Taxpayer Bill of Rights spotlights contrast in governing

    If you want to see the difference in philosophy of government, look first at spending. For a glaring example, compare Gov. Roy Cooper’s big budget blowout with the sustainable spending state senators would enshrine in the state constitution. Cooper’s budget proposal would increase General Fund appropriations $2.9 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, April 15, 2021
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    Refuting myths about the ‘1%’

    In touting his latest proposal to raise taxes on North Carolinians, Democratic state Sen. Wiley Nickel recently offered this claim: “North Carolina Republicans have rigged the system so that those in the Top 1% pay a lower share of state and local taxes than the Bottom 99%. The wealthy need…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about families’ long-time student learning challenges tied to COVID-19 school closures. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion urges lawmakers to move forward with a plan exempting military retirement pay from state income tax.
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2021
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    Leandro judge won’t force new education spending by General Assembly

    Locke’s Terry Stoops was right. Here’s why. Just two weeks ago he wrote that we should expect to hear the word “Leandro” a lot more in the months ahead. And now we have. Judge David Lee’s new message in the decades-old lawsuit over education funding is welcome. For now,…
    Donna Martinez, April 14, 2021
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    Yearly reminder that the NC PTA has evolved into a left-wing advocacy group

    The unfortunate decline of PTA in our schools appears to have coincided with the organization’s hard left turn. In fact, the NC PTA legislative agenda is indistinguishable from the priorities of groups like the NC Association of Educators and Public Schools First NC.  For example, the NC PTA opposes school…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill in the N.C. House to reopen state bars and restaurants at full capacity. A new CJ Opinion urges people to consider who pays today’s N.C. tax bills as they judge proposed tax cuts.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on North Carolina’s average teacher pay topping $54,000 a year. John Hood’s CJ Opinion urges N.C. policymakers to focus on lowering the corporate tax rate.
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2021
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    N.C. Senate tax cut plan gives biggest break to lower-income families

    North Carolinians have been reeling from pandemic job losses and the related shutdowns. While many folks have had access to unemployment benefits and federal relief checks, it’s important to focus on the long-term outlook for financial stability and self-reliance. That’s exactly what a plan from state senators would do with…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021