Monday numbers


14.5—percentage reduction in per pupil spending in North Carolina from 2007-2008 to 2014-2015 when adjusted for inflation (“Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 16, 2014) 7—-rank of North Carolina among 50 states in largest percentage of reduction in per pupil spending from [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


3—number of days since U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville issued a ruling overturning North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage (“Federal judge strikes down NC’s same-sex marriage ban,” WRAL-TV, October 10, 2014) 30—number of states, including North Carolina, currently covered by decisions of federal courts declaring bans on same-sex marriages unconstitutional [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


Raise the minimum wage or abolish it? You don’t have to look very hard these days to see how far to the right North Carolina’s political debate has moved and in many cases how far out of mainstream some state leaders have become. House Speaker Thom Tillis seemed to suggest in Thursday’s debate [Continue Reading...]

Questions about Greensboro Islamic Academy raise more red flags about vouchers


The more details you hear about the state’s startlingly unaccountable private school voucher scheme and the questionable schools now receiving taxpayer money, the more troubling it all seems. In an election year dominated by a back and forth over education issues, it’s baffling why the problems with the voucher program that diverts public [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


9—number of state’s 14 metro areas that have yet to reclaim the number of jobs lost during the recession. (“Another tough jobs report for North Carolina’s metros. Weak job growth slowing down recovery,” N.C Budget &Tax Center, October 1, 2014) 700—the increase in the number of jobs in the Fayetteville metro area since [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


513 million—amount in dollars of the original estimate of the cost of the 2013 tax plan in the 2014-2015 fiscal year (“2015 Budget Undermines North Carolina’s Competitiveness: It Is Unstainable, Inadequate, and Hampered by the Costly 2013 Tax Plan, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 2015) 704 million—amount in dollars of the revised [Continue Reading...]