(12.29.10) Community Colleges Prepare For Lean Budget Cycle
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Community College System proposes to reach its 10-percent goal with a combination of a tuition increase, spending reductions, management flexibility, special category programs, and a “fundamental rethinking” of how to provide funds to the colleges.
(12.06.10) Few Details Available on Cuts to UNC System Budget
RALEIGH — Expect few specifics to emerge before the General Assembly is sworn in Jan. 26 and committee leaders and assignments are set.
(11.01.10) Republicans See Chance to Pick Up Seat in House District 25
RALEIGH — Republican Jeff Collins highlights the state’s fiscal problems. Incumbent Rep. Randy Stewart says “the sky is not falling.”
(10.21.10) Why the lottery might raise your sales tax
RALEIGH -- The governor uses funds from the North Carolina Education Lottery to support many programs generously. There is one thing, however, the education lottery appears not to fund often enough: education.
(10.15.10) Taxes for Education Causing Confusion
The recent history of the “education” lottery and local sales-tax referendums highlights the problem of promising to use new revenue for schools.
(10.14.10) N.C. Candidates for U.S. House, Senate Address Health Care Repeal
RALEIGH — The issue of repeal has been elevated in the upcoming midterm election. Carolina Journal asked candidates running for the U.S. House and Senate (and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is not running in this cycle) whether they would vote to repeal the recent legislation in the 112th Congress and how they would justify their decision.
(9.21.10) County Commission Association Tells Officials How to Sell Tax Hikes
GREENVILLE — Even in a struggling economy, local tax measures in the Tar Heel State have fared well. Of the nine counties that have held tax elections so far this year, only two have failed. At least nine more counties have a quarter-cent sales tax referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot.
(8.25.10) Lottery Funds Continue To Be Diverted For Unauthorized Purposes
RALEIGH — Every other state that has created an education lottery has implemented safeguards limiting and even outlawing raids by the legislature or the governor. Many have protected their lottery funding by making such diversions a violation of the state constitution. North Carolina lacks those protections.
(6.24.10) Engaging Our Traditions
Because we understand that if we do not pass down this tradition to willing recipients, this American dream will succumb to ideology, and our identity as a nation will no longer be the nation founded by our fathers.
(6.16.10) Tar Heel Blue Dogs Mum on Pelosi Vote
The centrist House members would not talk about what may be the most consequential vote they would cast if re-elected next year: the vote for speaker of the House.