Carolina Journal Weekly Report

February 11, 2011

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of February 11, 2011 -

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s government-run lottery gets most of its money from the state’s poorest counties, while failing to provide a promised boost in funding for education. A close look at the numbers leads to a simple conclusion in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.

“The clearest and best solution is to eliminate the state lottery now,” said report author Jon Sanders, JLF Associate Director of Research. “End the lottery, and return to a more honest, direct form of education funding. The state lottery has not become an irreplaceable funding source during the short years of its existence.”

While scrapping the lottery is the best option, lawmakers who want to keep the state-run game should at least make changes to ensure its proceeds are used more effectively, Sanders said. He also recommends deregulating gambling.

Lawmakers created the N.C. Education Lottery in 2005. Its first games started the next year. North Carolina’s lottery appears to be following a familiar pattern, Sanders said.

“The lottery was sold as a way to boost education spending in North Carolina, but that historically has been a false promise of education lotteries in other states,” he said. “A study of 11 other state education lotteries showed that states are likely to decrease their growth of spending for education upon operating a lottery designated for that purpose.”

News Features

CJ: Partisan bickering emerging in legislative session
RALEIGH — Although the 2011 legislative session is just two weeks old, Republican lawmakers already are sparring with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue over spending cuts — setting the stage for a potential veto of the first bill passed by both chambers of the General Assembly.

CJ: GOP clashes with Perdue over regulatory reform
RALEIGH — A Republican-backed proposal to bar state government agencies from enacting new regulations on North Carolina individuals and businesses passed its first legislative hurdle this week, foreshadowing a potential fight with legislative Democrats and Gov. Bev Perdue.

CJ: Proposal would put more third parties on ballot
RALEIGH — The Libertarian and Green parties have been waiting several months for the North Carolina Supreme Court to decide whether it will force the General Assembly to ease restrictive ballot access laws.  Rep. Steven LaRoque, R-Lenoir, hopes to beat the court to the punch. He filed House Bill 32, the Electoral Freedom Act, Feb. 2.

CJ: Remediation at UNC: A mysterious problem
RALEIGH — Because many students enter universities unprepared for college-level work, universities offer remedial courses to bring them up to speed. The Pope Center has reviewed information available about the University of North Carolina’s remediation programs and found that surprisingly little is known.

CJ: Hard to reproduce game plan of RTP founders
RALEIGH — Perhaps North Carolina’s history should be dated “B.T.” and “A.T.” — Before the Triangle and After the Triangle. In the early 1950s, when Research Triangle Park was conceived, the state was a poor, largely rural backwater, near the bottom nationally in many socioeconomic categories, such as family income.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 12:00 noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Michael Sanera
Remembering Ronald Reagan and His Presidency

Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:00am-4:00pm
A Citizens' Constitutional Workshop in La Grange, NC
with presenters Dr. Troy Kickler & Dr. Michael Sanera
What the Founders and the State Ratification Conventions Can Teach Us Today

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
21st Anniversary Dinner
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Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00am- 4:30pm
A Citizens' Constitutional Workshop in Asheville, NC
with presenters Dr. Troy Kickler & Dr. Michael Sanera
What the Founders and the State Ratification Conventions
Can Teach Us Today

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Capital Quotes

I think it would be very difficult for us to go in that direction.
— Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, talking to the Associated Press about the possibility that the General Assembly will legalize video poker.

The era of the bailout is over.
— Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, talking about the prospects for additional federal bailouts of state governments.

I want officer safety to be foremost, but a weapon ought to last more than a year and a half. Even the sorriest weapon ought to last that long.
— Sen. Ed Jones, D-Halifax, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the N.C. Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement’s decision to replace 150 “unreliable” pistols bought for $1,055 each just a year and a half ago. Jones is a retired state trooper.

It’s not going to be this fall because there is no plan yet. That’s the big issue.
— Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about when the county will hold a referendum to increase the local sales taxes to fund transit improvements. A vote is now not expected before May 2012 at the earliest.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy’s George Leef on unfulfilled promises made by law schools; JLF’s Joe Coletti reacts to comments about the Food Lion tax penalty by legislator staffer Greg Roney and Sen. Dan Clodfelter; Duke University Professor Peter Kussin debates health care with Dr. Hal Scherz of Doctors 4 Patient Care; author Jennifer Roback Morse decries government involvement in family issues; and JLF’s Daren Bakst offers ways to curb eminent domain power.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: Treasurer calls for tax reform; education the next battleground; pension plan changes; and term limits for legislative leaders. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; Greenville radio host Henry Hinton; and political analyst Dan Blue III.


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