• 2017 state budget: Public employee compensation

    While teacher salaries generally dominate employee benefit discussions during budget debates, other state employees stand to receive higher pay. But the House, Senate, and Gov. Roy Cooper all have different notions about how much to increase compensation. Cooper’s budget includes an across-the-board salary increase of 2 percent or $800, whichever is higher.

  • Let’s Have More Elections

    Local budget debates this year have illustrated a striking pattern: counties are pretty much holding the line on taxes, while cities are hiking them. This shows the importance of keeping North Carolina's politicians on a very short leash.