Archive for July, 2015

State budget talks making little progress

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie and Mark Binker, WRAL, July 29, 2015 Nearly a month after the state budget expired, and with their extension deadline looming, House and Senate budget negotiators are talking to the public more than to each other. On Wednesday afternoon, the House budget committee held yet another public meeting to discuss the differences […]

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Beer industry says it has a $3.8B impact on state economy

| July 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by WRAL.com, July 30, 2015. The beer industry says it is big business for North Carolina, boasting in a study released Thursday of a $3.8 billion impact on the state’s economy. The industry has also contributed to more than 26,000 direct jobs (brewing, distribution and retail sales) and generated more than $2 billion in federal, […]

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Don’t add secrecy to the lethal injection formula

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, July 29, 2015. The legislative urgency to get North Carolina back into executing murderers has reached a fever pitch that looks a lot like bloodlust. It’s an ugly spectacle. A bill approved by the state Senate late Monday would cast a shroud of secrecy over executions and could end physician participation […]

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Tump’s show

| July 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 29, 2015. Some pundits predicted Donald Trump’s hot-air balloon would crash after he criticized John McCain for crashing and being captured in Vietnam. But no. He rose even higher in some polls. As Slim Pickens asked in Blazing Saddles, “What in the wide, wide world of sports is […]

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One question voucher supporters never answer

| July 29, 2015 | 8 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 29, 2015. Several months ago on a public affairs television show, the host asked one of the two guests why he was opposed to the school voucher scheme that was upheld last week by the N.C Supreme Court. The guest cited the lack of […]

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States to colleges: Prove you’re worth it

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By Sophie Quinton, Stateline, July 28, 2015. New College of Florida doesn’t offer pre-professional degrees, like nursing or engineering. Students choose the public liberal arts college because they want an intellectual experience. Many take a year off after graduation to pursue research or community service. Yet last fall, New College opened a flashy new career […]

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The court can’t seem to stay out of partisan politics

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by Doug Clark, On the Record, Greensboro News-Record, July 29, 2015. When a judge enters the courtroom, everyone is told to rise until her honor sits herself behind the bench. It’s a mandatory gesture of respect. The feeling, if it’s sincere at all, doesn’t last. Outside the courtroom, Americans express considerable disdain for judges — […]

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State has $25.5 billion unfunded retiree health liability

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by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, July 29, 2015. The state of North Carolina has unfunded liabilities for its retiree health benefit fund totaling $25.5 billion, a legislative oversight committee learned Monday. “We found the unfunded actuarial liability for the retiree health benefit is large, but the state could save up to $64 million annually by […]

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The urban-rural gap

| July 29, 2015 | 3 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, July 29, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican state senators traded disparaging remarks recently, but the issue isn’t only personal. The governor repeated criticism of a budget provision that shifts sales-tax revenue from urban to rural counties and threatened a veto. “Redistribution and hidden tax increases are liberal tax-and-spend principles […]

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Builders’ windfall or smart policy?

| July 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, July 27, 2015. I recently received an email from an acquaintance in Wilmington, where I used to write for the local paper. There, real estate, building and development interests have long had an oversized influence in local politics, as they do elsewhere. Anyone who disagrees with that should check themselves […]

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