State Budget Overview

Teacher compensation and Medicaid drive the 2014-15 budget

For fiscal year 2014-15, North Carolina’s General Fund budget rose 2.2 percent to $21.1 billion. It funded an average teacher salary increase of 7 percent, one of the largest pay raises for North Carolina teachers in a generation, and created a Medicaid contingency fund of $186.4 million.

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Facts on Fracking

Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina

Along with hopes for new jobs and a stronger economy, the prospect “fracking” in North Carolina has raised concerns. Some are legitimate questions informed by responsible skepticism, but others are fears fanned by activists and pressure groups. This paper seeks to address those questions and concerns.

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The Mechanics of Medicaid

How Medicaid's flawed financial design drives program costs

Medicaid’s fundamental flaws stem from the way in which it is funded, as both state and federal government share the total bill. If Medicaid’s federal share was transferred to North Carolina as an annual block grant, it would allow lawmakers to exercise more control over the program and create a stronger incentive to sort out system waste and abuse.

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North Carolina's E-Cigarette Tax

Where bad tax policy meets special interest politics

North Carolina passed a law during the 2014 legislative session taxing the liquid used in electronic cigarettes at an additional 5 cents per milliliter. This tax will hurt small businesses and violates the most important principle of good tax policy—neutrality. The North Carolina General Assembly should repeal the electronic cigarette tax.

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The Best of Both Budgets

"Reverse logrolling" would help legislators produce a sound spending plan

Reverse logrolling applied to the current state budget would result in a General Fund budget of $20.6 billion and a $667 million surplus, which would allow legislators more flexibility when discussing spending priorities, including teacher pay increases.  It would also allow enough to be set aside in savings and reserves to avoid any unforeseen shortfalls in the next fiscal year. 

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Educational Freedom Works

Scholarly research shows gains from school choice and competition

This study synthesizes findings from 888 articles published since 1990.  Based on these, we can say that in recent years North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on school reform. Policymakers should continue the momentum and resist attempts to backtrack.

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An Occupancy Tax Increase?

Haywood County already has a million dollars annually from existing tax

Officials from Haywood County have proposed an increase in the county’s occupancy tax by 50 percent, which would disadvantage Haywood compared to surrounding counties with lower rates.  Taxation is justified only for necessary purposes of government. Tourism promotion is not such a function and can best be served by the private sector.

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The John Locke Foundation presents

"The Myth of Carbon Pollution"

Dr. William Happer serves as Professor in the Department of Physics at Princeton University and a prominent technical consultant to industry and government. Dr. Happer served as Research Associate in Radiation Laboratory of Columbia University and held the positions of Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Professor in the Department of Physics.

Dr. Happer is a specialist in laser spectroscopy, optical pumping, radio frequency spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance. He served as a consultant to numerous firms and government agencies, including Singer-Kearfott, Litton Industries, Bendix, RCA, the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Naval Air Development Center, the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and the Department of Energy.

He has published more than 100 scientific papers in The Physical Review, The Physical Review Letters, The Reviews of Modern Physics, and other scientific journals and encyclopedias. During his graduation, he had a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and a Queen Fellowship. While at UNC, he held a Morehead Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship. In 1964, he received a Doctorate degree in Physics from Princeton. In 1960, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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JLF's Sarah Curry discusses key elements of the 2014-15 N.C. budget



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Aug 21, 2014

UNC System Avoids Budget Chopping Block

While other state departments scrambled for funding, the UNC system saw its overall budget rise.


Aug 14, 2014

The Left Is Abandoning The Good Ship Obama

The president's sinking poll numbers have emboldened vulnerable Democrats to declare their independence.


Aug 07, 2014

The Clash of Rights In Hobby Lobby

The tension between "positive" and "negative" rights will grow more prevalent.


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How to downplay an embarrassing story

The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.


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Death of a narrative

The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.


Jan 16, 2012

Anatomy of a Newspaper Hit Piece

In a Sunday piece, <i>The Charlotte Observer</i> employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.


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