Monday numbers

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1.839 billion—amount in dollars of gross ticket sales of the N.C. Education lottery in 2014 (N.C. Education Lottery) 1.17 billion—amount in dollars of gross instant ticket sales of the N.C. Education lottery in 2014 (Ibid) 67—-number of days since the Senate passed a budget that for the first time will allow lottery ticket [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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Premature optimism about a final budget deal Earlier this week the office of Gov. Pat McCrory sent out a press release announcing that after a breakfast meeting with McCrory, House and Senate leaders had come to an agreement on a spending level for the final budget they are trying to negotiate that is [Continue Reading…]


Teachers and state employees lose in budget compromise that foreshadows TABOR

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Much of the discussion about the Senate’s unfortunate decision to the pass the misnamed Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, has understandably focused on the massive problems the arbitrary spending limits have caused in Colorado, the only state to adopt them. Colorado plummeted in national rankings on a host of indicators after adopting [Continue Reading…]


The real reform that would help low-income students

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One of the most often cited justifications for the radical education “reforms” in the General Assembly these days is that they will help low-income children who are currently struggling in traditional public schools. Supporters of the state’s school voucher scheme that diverts taxpayer dollars to almost entirely unaccountable private and religious academies claim [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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87—number of days since the House passed its version of House Bill 97, the 2015 Appropriations Act, the operating budget for state government for the next two years (N.C. General Assembly) 61—number of days since the Senate passed its version of House Bill 97, the 2015 Appropriations Act (Ibid) 48—number of days since the June [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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A new found expeditiousness about the overdue budget There finally seems to be some urgency to pass a budget at the General Assembly, six weeks after it was due and just a week before school starts across the state with no idea on how many teachers or teacher assistants will be funded. House [Continue Reading…]