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After SPIN! Video – 11/23/14 – “Should garbage collection be charged by how much they throw away?”

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – 11/23/14 – Question to Howard Lee – “The City of Charlotte is considering changing the way they charge residents for garbage collection. Instead of a flat fee for every household they are considering a pay as you throw system where residents will be charged for how much garbage they generate. As […]

People favor facts that fit their bias

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reprinted in Salisbury Post, November 25, 2014. From an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Ferguson, Mo., case:  Except for sports teams and the weather, people in St. Louis don’t share much in the way of common interests, attitudes, beliefs or goals. We suspect this is true of […]

The annual ritual of cynically suspending the blame

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, November 25, 2014. The holiday season is upon us and that means another annual event is here again too, the once-a-year appeal by political leaders to help the same low-income people their policies ignore or punish the rest of the year. You’ve probably seen the […]

NAACP’s Barber calls Ferguson decision ‘indictment’ of justice system

| November 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Jim Wise, News and Observer, November 25, 2014. The non-indictment of a white policeman in the death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., is itself an indictment of a biased criminal justice system, state NAACP President William Barber said Tuesday. Speaking at the association’s head office in Durham, Barber said, “the non-indictment against […]

Charitable contributions at four-year low in NC

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, November 25, 2014. New data released two days before Thanksgiving shows that charitable giving in the Tar Heel state from July 2013 to June 2014 was at its lowest in four years with residents giving $21.4 million. That number, from the annual report of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State’s […]

Local boards know best on school calendars

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Durham Herald-Sun, November 22, 2014. The N. C. General Assembly’s passion in the past decade to micromanage school calendars stands among the most bone-headed of decisions. Ostensibly to help protect some nebulous concept of family summer-vacation time, but in reality at the bidding of the moneyed tourism interests who ferociously lobbied for the […]

Prudence needed on budget

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, November 26, 2014. According to the latest monthly report from State Controller Linda Combs, the state of North Carolina has collected about $6.5 billion in General Fund revenue during the first four months of the 2014-15 fiscal year. That’s a lot of money. But it’s almost $400 […]

A harsh Thanksgiving reality for more than 1 million North Carolinians

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tazra Mitchell, NC Policy Watch, November 26, 2014. As Thanksgiving approaches, it is important to remember the one in five North Carolina households that face food insecurity and struggle to put wholesome meals on their dinner tables. Due to a lack of resources, on any given day, these families face difficult tradeoffs between food and other […]

After SPIN! Video – 11/23/14 – “What do you think of distributing sales revenue on a per-capita basis?”

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – 11/23/14 – Question to John Hood – “Senator Bob Rucho has suggested that the upcoming session of the General Assembly might consider distributing sales tax revenues a different way. Instead of the revenues going back to the county from which the sale was made Rucho suggested distributing it on a per-capita […]

NC payrolls grow in October

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Quinterno, South by North Strategies, November 21, 2014. In October, employers in North Carolina added 17,200 more payroll jobs than they cut (+0.4 percent), due mainly to hiring in the private sector. The monthly household survey, meanwhile, logged a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent. With last month’s net job growth, […]