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    Democrats Want Big-Time Spending While Skipping Out on the Bill

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online reminds us that Democrats can’t stomach paying for their ambitious plans. The House Ways and Means Committee released an outline of tax proposals to offset President Biden’s jaw-dropping spending plans, and it’s the expected assortment of tax increases on business and the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    ‘Free’ Health Care Carries High Price

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online ponders “free” health care. Middle- to upper-middle-income Britons do pay higher national income taxes than do their American counterparts, but when state and local taxes are taken into consideration, the math looks different, with middle-income households in New York State, for example,…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Feature

    John Hood’s Carolina Journal Opinion explains why President Biden’s vaccine mandate goes too far.
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    N.C. Sets News Record for Businesses Created in Single Year

    With more than a quarter left in the 2021 calendar, the state already has surpassed its record for the most new businesses created in a single year. That’s according to the N.C. Secretary of State’s office, which issued the following news release. NC New Business Creations Hit Record Levels In…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2021
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    The NC Threat-Free Index and Immunity Update for the Week Ending September 13

    This past week 99.2% of people in NC posed no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone, and more than four out of five (81.7%) adult North Carolinians are estimated to be immune.
    Jon Sanders, September 14, 2021
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    How to Attend, and Speak at, the Six Redistricting Hearings Scheduled for this Week

    I have previously posted on how to attend, and sign up to speak at, redistricting hearings scheduled for September 14 (today)  and September 15. For the sake of convenience, here are the details for all six redistricting hearings scheduled for this week,…
    Andy Jackson, September 14, 2021
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    District enrollment market share was 76.6% last year

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year.  With that figure published, we can determine the enrollment market shares for the pandemic school year. The district market share dropped from 79.2% in 2019-20 to 76.6% in 2020-21.
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2021
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    District enrollment dropped by over 64,000 students last year

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year. Last year, the final ADM for districts was 1,344,758 students.  The final ADM for the 2019-20 school year was 1,409,179 students. The district market share dropped from 79.2% in…
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2021