Monday numbers

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(This final 2014 edition of Monday numbers includes at least one number from each month of Monday numbers in the past year.) 15—number of days since three state historic tax credits will expire as part of tax changes made by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (“Historic [Continue Reading…]


The 2014 elections: A look at what happened and what might have been

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North Carolina’s new U.S. senator-in-waiting, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, had what appears to have been the closest scrape among winning Republican Senate candidates in last month’s election. Tillis defeated first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan by 45,608 votes out of a total of 2,800,910 votes that were cast, according to the State Board [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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5—number of years since the official economic recovery from the Great Recession began (“The Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget Undermines North Carolina’s Competitiveness,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, November 2014) 6.6—percentage that state budget investments remain below pre-recession levels (Ibid) 277 million—amount in dollars less the 2014-2015 budget spends on public schools than [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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McCrory’s short memory about the length of campaigns It was just a month ago that Governor Pat McCrory complained in a post midterm election interview about the almost constant cycle of campaigning in politics these days, and told WRAL-TV that he hadn’t decided about running for reelection in 2016. “The campaign cycle of [Continue Reading…]