Monday numbers

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4.7—percent of average annual revenue growth in North Carolina since 1990 (“Prosperity Watch Issue 46, No. 3: Revenue growth is not the same thing as a surplus, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, February 2015) 2.9—percent of actual revenue growth expected for current fiscal year that ends June 30 (Ibid) 21.35 billion—amount in dollars [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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McCrory snubbed again by legislative leaders An interesting moment in the political world in Raleigh came in between this week’s two bouts of winter weather. The Republican leaders of the General Assembly once again ignored the wishes of Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory has spent the last several weeks appearing at news conferences across [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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1—number of days until the N.C. Supreme Court hears arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school voucher program created in 2013 (N.C. Court System) 4.15 million—amount in taxpayer dollars that have already been diverted to private and religious schools under the voucher program with no state oversight or [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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13—number of years since the creation of the Job Development Investment Grant program—JDIG—as a tool to recruit new jobs to North Carolina (“Picking Losers: Why the majority of North Carolina’s incentive projects end in failure,” N.C Justice Center’s Workers Rights Project, February 16, 2015) 60—percentage of economic development projects announced as part of [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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2,424—number of public schools in North Carolina that received a letter grade last week with the release of the new A-F report card grading system (N.C. Department of Public Instruction) 80—percentage of school grade that is tied to level of student achievement including performance on standardized tests (Ibid) 20—percentage of school grade that [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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McCrory’s Medicaid dance You might have missed it in Governor Pat McCrory’s 80-minute-long State of the State speech, but the governor almost talked about Medicaid expansion. Here is the relevant paragraph from a transcript of the speech. We are exploring North Carolina-based options that will help those who can’t help themselves, and encourage [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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365—number of days since a massive coal ash spill at an abandoned Duke Energy power plant near Eden contaminated the Dan River with 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 24 million gallons of ash-contaminated wastewater  (“Year after ash spill, state of Dan River in dispute, WRAL-TV, January 30, 2015) 3,000—number of tons of [Continue Reading…]