state budget

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    Why North Carolina Needs a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, in One Chart

    Conservative legislative leadership has held state spending growth in check over the last decade. This is a good thing, meaning that you are keeping and making decisions over more of the money you earn, and the government’s sway over the economy is smaller than it was…
    Brian Balfour, July 21, 2021
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    Economic Rorschach Test

    In psychology, a Rorschach test is one in which the patient is presented with a series of inkblot images, and how the patients perceive the images helps inform the psychologist about the patients’ personality characteristics and emotional functioning. Similarly, a chart accompanying a recent…
    Brian Balfour, July 14, 2021
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    After Release of Senate Budget, Teachers Begin Talking About a Strike

    Yesterday, budget writers in the North Carolina Senate proposed that educators receive a bonus and a 3% increase in average pay over the next two years. Naturally, teachers hit social media to air their grievances and urge “collective action.”…
    Terry Stoops, June 22, 2021
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    House, Senate Agree to Total Spending Amount for State Budget

    House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger today released a joint statement announcing that the two chambers have come to an agreement on the total amount of spending to be included in their budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July…
    Brian Balfour, June 8, 2021
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    The Cooper Plan: Spend Big and Borrow Big

    Spend big. It’s the Cooper way, as evidenced by his new budget proposal, which increases spending by 11.6 percent for fiscal year (FY) 2021-22. A review by Locke analysts notes the increase is $2.8 billion more than the state budgeted for this year. But for Gov. Cooper, spending big…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2021
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    4 Big, Bad Ideas In Gov. Cooper’s Massive Spending Plan

    It’s a massive spending plan. On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his new state budget proposal, a plan that would spend far too much money, setting North Carolina’s state government on an unsustainable future path. Locke analysts note that the governor also continues his pointless push to expand Medicaid,…
    Donna Martinez, March 25, 2021
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    Naturally, teachers are upset about bonus

    State revenue is an estimated $4 billion short, but public school teachers don’t care. Over a million North Carolinians applied for unemployment benefits, and many private and nonprofit employers have cut employee hours and eliminated positions.  Nevertheless, public school teachers are spending their summer months complaining about their pay on…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2020
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    Allow taxpayers to opt out of tax refund plan

    North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would refund $900 million to taxpayers.  Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello writes, The bill intends to refund $900 million in surplus tax revenue. Lawmakers learned earlier this summer that income-tax payments and sales-tax collections ran higher than expected. Republican legislative leaders want…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2019