Budget

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    Are some teachers planning to protest on a school day again?

    It certainly seems that way. If teachers are planning to have a “day of action” that starts on a Monday at 10 am, then it appears that some teachers will need to take a personal day to attend. Teachers in Wake County have a workday on September 30th, but teachers in…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2019
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    N.C. Senate education budget highlights

    Republican leaders in the N.C. Senate released their budget proposal on Tuesday.  The two-year plan would invest in school safety initiatives, allow teachers to make decisions about school supply purchases, and of course, raise teacher salaries. The budget funds a variety of grants designed to ensure the safety of students…
    Terry Stoops, May 29, 2019
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    Rhode Island Governor plans business tax to fund Medicaid expansion

    The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board recently examined Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to tax businesses to pay for part of the state share of Medicaid expansion: Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare was sold as a free federal lunch for the states, but the bill is now coming due. Witness Gov.
    Jordan Roberts, May 6, 2019
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    If Bertie County Schools were a charter, they’d be closed

    The finances of the Bertie County Public Schools (BCS) are a mess, mostly due to incompetence, staff turnover, and related institutional issues. The State Board of Education will discuss the matter on Thursday. According to N.C. Department of Public Instruction staff, “Based on the 2016-17 audit financial statements for…
    Terry Stoops, May 2, 2018
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    How Will Latest Round of NC Tax Cuts/Tax Reform Impact You?

    JLF’s Joe Coletti has put together a valuable and easy-to-read synopsis of North Carolina’s new General Fund budget. It includes really helpful charts and graphics so you can see the trends. Among them is a chart that shows how you will be impacted by tax reform. Check it out. …
    Donna Martinez, July 12, 2017
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    Looking Beyond the Headlines In the New General Fund Budget

    JLF’s Joe Coletti takes a deep dive into some of the provisions in North Carolina’s new General Fund budget plan that haven’t yet drawn headlines. He writes there are important implications for savings and capital, transparency, and spending that every taxpayer and legislator should consider. Find out more about…
    Donna Martinez, June 29, 2017
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    N.C.’s New Public Education Budget: Prudent, Thoughtful Plan

    North Carolina’s new General Fund budget appropriates more than $9 billion to public education. JLF’s Terry Stoops writes the plan is attentive to children, teachers, and principals, and it addresses the need to reduce costly, inefficient bureaucracy and to invest in business systems. Read the details here.
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2017
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    Budget Veto Override Done In Senate. Now On To The House.

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on late-day action in the North Carolina Senate.  A last-minute plea from Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake, for new budget negotiations fell on deaf ears. The Senate voted 34-14 late Tuesday afternoon to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the $23 billion General…
    Donna Martinez, June 27, 2017