Title IX was written to guarantee equal opportunity in educational activities. Today, it is an unstoppable campaign to impose quotas and gender preferences in schools, as the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) is learning. The Title IX amendment, which simply outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions, is not the problem; it is the way Title IX is administered.
North Carolina’s state budgetary woes took center stage once again this past summer as lawmakers grappled with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. Filling most of that deficit was $1.1 billion in unpopular new taxes and billions more in bailout funds from the federal government.
State and national blogs have been all abuzz with headlines referencing U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's (R-NC) potential vulnerability citing new polling information released by Civitas and Public Policy Polling (PPP). These articles seem to be somewhat surprised that the Senate race is closer than they thought it should be.
A communication strategy aimed to educate the populous on how to avoid spreading H1N1 influenza cost taxpayers over $500,000. The means: radio and television advertisements created by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) featuring Gov. Bev Perdue. The message: remember to cough into your sleeves.
North Carolina’s state budget is already at the breaking point. In order to “balance” the current year’s spending plan, lawmakers grasped at a patchwork list of revenue, including more than $1 billion in state tax hikes, $1.4 billion in federal “stimulus” funds and nearly $100 million from various state “trust funds.”
North Carolina lawmakers seem more concerned with saving a few dollars than keeping those charged with rape, murder or many other felonious crimes in prison. Thanks to a new set of sentencing guidelines that went into effect on December 1, many convicted criminals won’t spend as much time behind bars.
An investigation by Civitas Institute staff revealed State Auditor Beth Wood had not been reimbursing the state for commuting costs. As a member of the Council of State, Wood is entitled to have a state car permanently assigned for her use. However, North Carolina Statutes state if anyone uses a state car to commute to and from their office, individuals must reimburse the state for all commuting costs.
Why does Golden LEAF exist? This question is not poised in a legal context. Rather it is meant to discern whether the organization offers any unique benefits to the State of North Carolina.
One major factor clearly contributing to higher health care costs is state-level mandates. These mandates, a requirement by the government, as well as laws and regulations that follow them, prevent people from purchasing health insurance across state lines – a restriction that greatly reduces choice and insurance alternatives.
The 2009-10 budget marks a continuation of North Carolina’s dysfunctional “spend and tax” cycle: when times are good the state dramatically increases spending. When a recession hits, state leaders resort to tax increases – such as the $1.1 billion tax hike approved this year – to continue state spending.
Despite recent efforts by the federal government to restrain local law enforcement from using the 287 (g) program to identify illegal aliens for deportation, North Carolina sheriffs are still reporting the presence of illegal aliens who are booked in their jail.
Seven additional seats in the General Assembly (three in the House, four in the Senate) have recently come open either through members retiring mid-term, or announcing they would not be seeking re-election or running for higher office. So once again, let’s take a look inside the numbers to see if any of these could be in play in 2010.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a nearly 2,000 page health reform bill. Looking past the clear party line divide, the bill passed by a two member margin – just barely scraping by with the minimum vote the majority needed for it to now go to the U.S. Senate.
Greensboro residents face a staggering state and local government true debt burden equivalent to $11,200 for every man, woman and child -- or roughly $44,800 for a family of four. This amount, calculated in a report by Raleigh's Civitas Institute, reflects each Greensboro citizen's share of the total debt and unfunded liabilities accrued by the city of Greensboro, Guilford County and the state of North Carolina (the report is available at www.nccivitas.org).
Lincolnton residents face a staggering state and local government true debt burden equivalent to $9,900 for every man, woman and child – or roughly $39,700 for a family of four.