Category: Government Reform

  • Governor Perdue Campaign Fined $30,000 for Unreported Flights

    Asheville, N.C. – The N.C. Board of Elections decided Tuesday to fine Gov. Beverly Perdue’s campaign $30,000 for failing to report flights she took as a candidate in 2004 and 2008. The board voted 4-1 in favor of the fine. Republican member Bill Peaslee was the only member to vote…

  • Senators Question N.C. Stimulus Projects

    Washington, D.C. – Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released a report Tuesday highlighting what they call the 100 worst stimulus projects in the nation. Eight projects in North Carolina made the list: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte earned second place for its award of $762,372…

  • New Assignment Policy Unveiled for Wake County, N.C.

    Raleigh, N.C. – The Wake County School Board has begun official discussions to change the district’s longstanding student assignment policy. The newly elected school board majority unveiled its intention to create a controlled choice assignment policy. It would give parents some choice of where to send their kids for school.

  • North Carolina Decides to Underfund Pension

    Raleigh, N.C. – For the first time in nearly 70 years the North Carolina General Assembly failed to contribute 100% of its share to the Teachers and State Employees Retirement System.            Politicians were required to pay $684 million to keep the pension fund balanced. Instead they set up two…

  • Obamacare’s First Tax Frustrates Tanning Salon Owners

    Raleigh, N.C. – The first tax under Obamacare is a 10 percent sales tax on indoor tanning salons. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required tanning salons to start collecting the tax July 1. However, business owners across the country are unsure of details related to the…

  • State Budget Leaves $28 Billion Hole

    Raleigh, N.C. – It’s possible the state is violating North Carolina‘s constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. The discrepancy boils down to accounting. State budget writers work on a cash basis, but accounting rules encourage budget writers to work on an accrual basis. Accrual accounting would…

  • JLF’s Daren Bakst discusses N.C. interest in taxpayer-financed elections

    Daren Bakst, John Locke Foundation director of legal and regulatory studies, discusses North Carolina’s continued interest in taxpayer-financed election campaigns, despite recent court rulings against the constitutionality of taxpayer-financed campaigns. Bakst offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio (Program No. 370).