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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
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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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    Nebraska to offer DPC option in health plan

    Beginning in 2019, Nebraska’s state employees will have the option to enroll in a Direct Primary Care (DPC) benefit plan. The governor signed Legislative Bill 1119 back in April, which set up the DPC pilot program for three years. DPC does not accept…
    Jordan Roberts, August 20, 2018
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    NASBO: N.C. has largest rainy day fund balance in Southeast

    The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Fiscal Survey of the States Spring 2018 is out! With a rainy day fund balance of over $1.8 billion, North Carolina has the best funded rainy day fund of any state in the Southeast.  Florida is second with $1.4 billion. North…
    Terry Stoops, June 18, 2018
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    Welcome to the Midterm Election: Cooper Vetoes Budget, Disputes Nonpartisan Analysis of Deficit His Budget Would Create

    Welcome to the 2018 midterms. As Carolina Journal reports, Gov. Roy Cooper used a press conference Wednesday to criticize legislative leaders and the operating budget they passed and sent to his desk — which he has vetoed. “It’s important to make this statement. It’s important to do the right…
    Donna Martinez, June 7, 2018