Yearly Archives: 2011


State Motor Fuels Tax is Set to Rise by Nearly Four Cents in January

The North Carolina Motor Fuels Tax (the state gas tax) is expected to go from 35 cents per gallon to 38.9 cents per gallon at the beginning of 2012 if no action is taken by the General Assembly, according to staff at the legislature and the Department of Transportation. The…


Francis De Luca on Viewpoints Radio

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Civitas Action Scores Show Much More Conservative Legislature

The 2011 Civitas Action Conservative Effectiveness Scores and Rankings are in and they reveal a legislature much more conservative than in past years. Civitas Action compiles a list of votes that can clearly be defined as conservative or liberal and scores legislators accordingly. Legislators with the highest scores are considered…


Class Size Ratios: Time to Throw Away an Outdated Idea

For years a certain unquestioned assumption has governed North Carolina public schools: smaller class sizes in the lower grades will help boost student achievement. The formal term, “class size reduction” or CSR, determines how money is allotted to Local Education Agencies (LEAs).  In grades K-3, the ratio is one teacher…


Capitol Update 11-17

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Public Records Continue to Undermine Exaggerations of Layoffs

Some Democrats and social justice advocates in North Carolina continue to throw around huge numbers of people who have been laid off due to cuts in the state budget. Representative Bill Faison (D-Orange) claimed in a press release  over 6,000 state jobs were lost because of the cuts and more…


October 2011 Poll Results

This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted October 17-18 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of probable 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had…

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