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    Efficiency

    The Senate tried to kill 15 school districts in the name of equity and efficiency. Rick Martinez, in this morning’s N&O, writes that there are too many nonprofits working on domestic violence and sexual assault: “[A]ny way you cut it, 88 agencies doing the same kind of…
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    I was wondering where he ended up after converting

    Here?s a Henderson Daily Dispatch headline from the ?where are they now?? file: ?Shah new headmaster at Norlina Christian School.?…
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    The tax-hike treadmill

    As Jeff notes and writes more about over at JLF-Charlotte, the proposed property-tax increase for city residents won?t really pay for police officers, unless they are coming to the Queen City for a convention.
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    Re: ugly duckling, etc.

    Karen, no doubt the “ugly duckling” government program would face pressure to funnel more “ugly” resources toward girls since, alas, it’s just so darn hard to be a woman today.
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    Ugly Ducklings?Re: Whatever the Question…Tax Money

    How long before we argue for funding to help ugly children deal with their “high risk” status, and the emotional scars that will likley follow? Why high risk? Researchers observed that Canadian parents let homely 2-5 year-old children wander off far more often while shopping, or didn’t bother…
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    Something on Which Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree

    Here’s a great comment from Elaine Mejia of the NC Justice Center, with whom we usually have a spirited disagreement on public policy. On the shell game being played in the Senate over the lottery, however, I completely agree with her. “This is the most blatant example of political…
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    Whatever the question, more tax dollars is the answer

    One of the drivers of spending growth at the state level, we are told, is the need to keep up with enrollment growth within the UNC system. One might question whether taxpayers ought to so heavily subsidize every student, particularly the addition of marginally qualified students into the system who…
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    The Wrong Thinking

    Ok, so The Charlotte Observer thinks the city should raise taxes. Fair enough. But in its “The right reasons” editorial the paper totally swallows the fiction that the tax hike is needed to fund police and fire protection. That simply is not true, as Charlotte’s recent lavish spending…