state budget (page 3)

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    Museums across the state receive $2.5 million from state taxpayers

    The Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.  Yup, your state tax dollars are spent on museums across the state.  Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but most of these still charge admission and some have a pretty hefty price tag on a ticket.  Clearly, these museums are important local entities,…
    Sarah Curry, April 23, 2015
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    Meet the Budget Director

    Each governor has a budget director.  This person is in charge of managing and helping create the governor’s budget.  A very stressful job, McCrory replaced Art Pope with Lee Roberts in August of last year.  In the spirit of McCrory’s release of his 2015-17 budget today, I found an article…
    Sarah Curry, March 5, 2015
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    How Much does NC Spend?

    When we think of the state budget, we mainly focus on the General Fund.  That is the funding source for education, Medicaid, and a number of other familiar state government services.  But what about all those other non-General Fund expenditures?  For example, transportation and the employment security commission are two…
    Sarah Curry, November 17, 2014
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    Sugar-coating a bitter pill

    It’s tax-free weekend. That means I’ll be headed to the department stores to supplement my wardrobe. Sure, I know that the tax-free weekend is a gimmick. It was established in 2001 as a sugar-coating of a bitter pill. That year, the General Assembly raised a significant amount of taxes to…
    Barry Smith, August 3, 2012
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    Approach to unexpected tax revenues reveals legislator priorities

    North Carolina’s General Fund revenues for this fiscal year are proving to be higher than anticipated. According to the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division, the 2012 surplus will be $232.5 million. Combine that with a $21 million higher projection for 2013, and legislators have $253.5 million to play with this session…
    Fergus Hodgson, June 14, 2012
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    Proposed K-12 education budget: An analysis

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education released their budget recommendations this morning.  The bottom line is that the proposal would increase the education budget from $7,444,122,100 approved in 2011 to $7,692,234,560.  Much of this increase is paid for using nonrecurring (one-time) funds. Indeed, the elephant in the room is the…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2012
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    Highlights of NCGA education budget recommendations

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education released their budget recommendations this morning.  It includes the following recommendations: – a significant reduction in the “LEA adjustment” or “discretionary reduction,” funds that school districts must return to the state.  The discretionary reduction was projected to be just over $500 million for the…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2012
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    DPI on state education budget trends, 1994 to 2012

    The NC Department of Public Instruction released their annual “Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget” document.  It provides very good summaries of public education finance with a particular focus on state and federal revenue. As the chart below indicates, total state education funding, in nominal terms,…
    Terry Stoops, March 2, 2012