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Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

A new interim report released Monday introduces a new state government efficiency initiative in the governor’s budget office and highlights several measures already undertaken by state agencies to improve effectiveness.

The N&O’s Latest Common Core Delusion

The N&O’s Latest Common Core Delusion

The News and Observer has come up with another delusion about Common Core State Standards: that the only explanation for opposition to the standards “is that [NC] GOP leaders are being led around by tea party extremists.” That’s the claim News & Observer editors made in a recent editorial. Blaming…

Union Boss: ‘Veterans Get Better Health Care Because of the Unions’

Union Boss: ‘Veterans Get Better Health Care Because of the Unions’

There is nothing moral about the way military veterans are treated by the VA - unless you are a government union boss.

The VA Hospital – Just a Big Accountable Care Organization

The VA Hospital – Just a Big Accountable Care Organization

The North Carolina legislature is debating the DHHS proposal to "reform" our state’s Medicaid program by shifting care to an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) plan.

Why Charter School Salaries Should Be Secret

Why Charter School Salaries Should Be Secret

One quality that makes charter and private schools effective in educating children is their ability to operate efficiently. Part of that efficiency comes from the freedom charter schools enjoy to pay teachers according to how the school values the teacher – not by some arcane schedule of what teachers should…

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

The North Carolina House released its budget plan for FY 2014-15, which would spend $21.09 billion. The total would be a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s budget. The total also would be $98 million more than what was approved in last year’s biennial budget. The House budget…

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Demands Would Increase Taxes by $4,000 Per Family of Four As more information becomes available about the demands of the “Moral Monday” protestors, and their leaders in the state chapter of the NAACP, the price tag for their wish list grows exponentially. Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to…

One Way to Shave the NC Budget

One Way to Shave the NC Budget

Need Budget Savings? UNC Centers and Institutes Deserve a Closer Look. Where can budget writers find savings to help fund priorities such as teacher raises? That’s a question on everyone’s mind these days. In our opinion, a review of UNC Centers and Institutes might be a good place to start.…

Money Monday, pt. II: How Much Will the “Moral Monday” Protestors’ Demands Cost You?

Money Monday, pt. II: How Much Will the “Moral Monday” Protestors’ Demands Cost You?

Nearly $3 Billion Now, Figure Would Grow Over Time The “Moral Monday” protestors, led by the state chapter of the NAACP, have a list of demands that, if implemented, would cost North Carolina taxpayers nearly $3 billion dollars now. That figure would likely grow each year going forward as government…

Here’s What Real Tax Increases Look Like

Here’s What Real Tax Increases Look Like

Progressive protestors, including “Moral Monday” demonstrators, have for roughly the past year voiced their opposition to a supposed state “tax increase” passed last year. Specifically, they gripe that the landmark 2013 North Carolina tax reform – which lowered income tax rates on all income levels – actually results in a…

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