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    Tip of the hat to North Carolina Republican Legislators

    Leadership matters, and the chart below shows it in crystal clear terms. In North Carolina, we’re fortunate to have legislative leaders who take spending, taxing, and budgeting very seriously. Their prudent decisions over the past decade have given our state national attention and made us the model for other…
    Donna Martinez, February 22, 2021
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    Public school advocates yawn as Wayne County Schools announce $5 million budget deficit

    Say it with me: “If the Wayne County Schools was a charter school…” But there will be an outpouring of sympathy for the district, in addition to state assistance to help them overcome their $5 million budget deficit. How did this happen? Mismanagement of taxpayer dollars is a good…
    Terry Stoops, October 14, 2020
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    NCGA’s Budget Prevents Exploding Debt, Protects Scholarships

    North Carolina recently passed the “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0” with Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature, but it is clear from what happened that the governor did not so much approve of the budget and that he begrudgingly signed it. As JLF’s Joe Coletti writes in his research brief this week: Just…
    Brenee Goforth, September 18, 2020
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    Budgets: Contrasting Cooper’s and the General Assembly’s Proposals

    Both the General Assembly and Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper have shared their budget priorities this week. They both tackle the same issues, but with very different methods. For instance, on the issue of education, Cooper wants to cut the Opportunity Scholarship program and give teachers a bonus, while the General…
    Brenee Goforth, September 3, 2020
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    Cooper’s Budget: Late and Underbaked

    Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget proposal on Wednesday, August 26. Not only was his budget proposal abbreviated, but it wasn’t even on time. JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops writes: We teach our children to submit their work complete and on time. Yesterday, Gov. Cooper released what he called a “streamlined…
    Brenee Goforth, August 28, 2020
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    Here is What’s Going on With N.C.’s Budget

    The state General Assembly comes back in session on September 2. One of the most important things on the docket is to draft a budget for the upcoming years as well as appropriate the remaining monies from the $4 billion awarded to the state in Coronavirus Relief Funds. JLF’s Joe…
    Brenee Goforth, August 27, 2020
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    How To Aid Economy During Coronavirus: Pass The Budget

    On Tuesday, March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina. At the time, there had been seven confirmed instances of the Coronavirus. As of the time of this writing, there are fourteen presumed cases in the state. Declaring a…
    Brenee Goforth, March 13, 2020
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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