Opinion

Fiscal illiteracy reigns supreme in Washington

A myriad of associations come to mind when thinking about President Biden’s FY2023 budget, but the one that comes to mind instantaneously is “dumpster fire.” Like the budget he submitted to Congress just last year, one fact remains constant: President Biden does not have the slightest clue what fiscal responsibility entails. Families across North Carolina...

Virginia Foxx
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Senator touts N.C. budget’s measures to attack human trafficking

A state senator is drawing attention to the new N.C. state budget’s measures to fight human trafficking. The budget “provides a lifeline to victims” of trafficking, according to a news release from Sen. Ted Alexander, R-Cleveland. “Human trafficking is all too prevalent in North Carolina,” Alexander said. “We have the means to both combat this...

CJ Staff
Opinion

Thankful: Why families and students are grateful for new NC budget

Friday, Nov. 18 will go down as an important day in our state’s recent history. That is the day when the Republican-led General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper came to terms on a state budget for the new biennium. It’s a state budget that propels our state one step forward in funding students rather than...

Mike Long

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Governor says he’ll sign $25.9 billion budget, a first for Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper says he will sign the first budget from the General Assembly since he took office in 2017. The announcement came in a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 16, and before the first vote from the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The General Assembly released the $25.9 billion budget plan Monday, Nov. 15. Senate lawmakers...

Theresa Opeka
Opinion

Medicaid expansion is a bad deal for North Carolina

As the Biden administration tries to sidestep states refusing to expand Medicaid, all eyes are on North Carolina. It is one of only 12 states that have held out for a decade—and for good reason. Medicaid expansion has proven to be a disaster in every state it has been implemented. It has ballooned program enrollment,...

Nick Adolphsen
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Cooper refuses to lift executive order, implies new redistricting maps are unfair

Six hundred days and counting. Gov. Roy Cooper has ruled North Carolina with a proverbial iron fist since unilaterally enacting a state of emergency March 10, 2020. The order came without following statutory mandates to consult with the North Carolina Council of State, as Rep. John Bell, R-Wayne, wrote recently for Carolina Journal. But Cooper,...

John Trump
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House speaker promises redistricting votes, busy week ahead

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, adjourned a quick session Tuesday, Oct. 26, but not before promising a busy week ahead. House Bill 259, the Election Integrity Act, was on the agenda for discussion and possible vote, but the bill’s sponsors — Reps. Keith Kidwell, R-Beaufort; Kyle Hall, R-Rockingham; and George Cleveland, R-Onslow — asked...

Theresa Opeka
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Where does North Carolina stand on the budget?

With more than three months into the new fiscal year, North Carolina still does not have a budget in place. Both the House and Senate have passed their versions but there is a new aspect of the process that hopefully, Gov. Roy Cooper will agree to so that a new budget will be passed by...

Theresa Opeka
Opinion

Tax Relief That Addresses Revenue Concerns Is Something North Carolina Lawmakers Have Done Before And Can Do Again

If state legislators can convince Gov. Roy Cooper to support the new budget, North Carolina will become the 13th state to enact a personal income tax cut this year, the third signed into law by a Democratic governor. That personal income tax cut is expected to be included in the new compromise budget currently being...

Patrick Gleason