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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…

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

Last week Sens. Warren Daniel (R-Burke County), Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett County) filed a bill (SB 817) to change legislators’ terms from two to four years. The bill also limits the number of consecutive terms that legislators could serve to four. (There currently are no limits.) The…

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

It has been said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” That should be the guiding principle for all legislative sessions: convene, get the work done and go home. I think 2014’s short session of the North Carolina General Assembly will be quick…

What to Do about Teacher Pay? WCPSS Offers a Few Pointers

What to Do about Teacher Pay? WCPSS Offers a Few Pointers

Teacher pay is a topic that has dominated the education landscape in North Carolina for most of the past year. Fueled by growing dissatisfaction with the current system and only one small (1.2 percent) raise in five years, general agreement is emerging that we need to pay our teachers more.…

 

Civitas Poll: Tillis Leading Hagan

RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll shows state House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican candidate, leading Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in the race for the U.S. Senate. Tillis leads Hagan 39 percent to 36 percent, with Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh the choice of 8 percent of the 600 registered…

 

Senate Budget Plan Includes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in State History

Senate Budget Plan Includes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in State History North Carolina’s state Senate last night released its proposed changes to the second year of the 2013-15 biennial budget. The Senate’s changes would increase previously-approved spending by less than one percent to a total of $21.16 billion. The Senate…

 

Elections Board Has Quarter-Million Cases to Probe

With a quarter-million questionable voter registrations on the books in NC, it’s no wonder the state elections board needs more investigators. That’s also why sustaining and enforcing the state’s recent voter reforms is more urgent than ever. One of the articles in the NC Insider (a subscriber-based state politics news…

 

2014 Elections at a Glance Chart

Election At A Glance

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