For the week of
May 11, 2012
Reaction of the Week
RALEIGH — North Carolina state government is spending more money per person this budget year than ever before. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report documents that fact, which gets lost in ongoing debates about state budget “cuts.”
“Total state spending per capita is at its highest level ever in the 2012 fiscal year and has more than tripled since 1970,” said report author Fergus Hodgson,
JLF Director of Fiscal Policy Studies. “Adjusting for inflation, state
spending has increased in that period from $1,701 per person to $5,247.”
That spending expansion has far exceeded personal income growth, Hodgson
said. “State spending stood at 10.9 percent of personal income in 1970,
dipped as low as 9.3 percent in 1984, and never exceeded 12 percent
prior to 2008,” he said. “Yet for 2012 it is on course to be 14.4
percent of North Carolinians’ income.”
Hodgson documents state spending facts and explains how those facts are
obscured in public debate. He also recommends new constitutional
spending limits, an increased focus on state government’s true spending
and liability numbers, and action on a federal balanced budget
Spending on all reported state budget categories has more than doubled
since the mid-1970s, Hodgson said. “This is true for education,
corrections, health and human services, transportation, and debt
CJ: Percentage of high school grads taking remedial courses keeps rising
RALEIGH — For a third consecutive year, the
percentage of North Carolina high-school graduates enrolling in at least
one community college remedial course increased, the John Locke
Foundation’s top education expert has found.
CJ: Perdue budget includes tax hike
RALEIGH — The three-quarter-cent sales tax
centerpiece of Gov. Bev Perdue’s $20.9 billion budget proposal would be
used to hire more teachers and launch jobs programs, but is a
“non-starter” for Republican leaders.
CJ: Marriage amendment collects big margin
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s lopsided vote backing
a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to one man and one woman
is a national body blow to Democrats and signals that social issues are
very much part of the political landscape this year, supporters of
Amendment One say.
CJ: Republicans poised to gain congressional seats
RALEIGH — Republicans positioned themselves to
make substantial gains in North Carolina’s congressional delegation
following Tuesday’s primary.
CJ: Commission told of need for consumer protections from fracking
RALEIGH — Landowners need consumer protections
built into North Carolina law to prevent potential financial losses,
property damage, and mortgage mayhem from complicated oil and gas
leases, said officials in the state Attorney General’s Office April 26
to members of the Environmental Review Commission.
Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Robert Childs, MPH
The Case For Syringe Decriminalization in North Carolina
“This is a socially conservative state.”
— Andrew Taylor, a political scientist at N.C. State University, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the approval of a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
“They are horrible.”
— Thomas Mills, a Democratic campaign consultant, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about runoff elections, which draw few voters to the polls.
“I don’t know how many times you have to say that’s not the direction we’re going in.”
— Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, as quoted by the Associated Press, rejected Gov. Bev Perdue’s call for an increase in the sales tax to fund eduction.
“Overall, I think it’s been a very good thing. Certainly for the local economy, it’s been very good.”
— Ed Wolverton, president and CEO of downtown Greensboro Inc., an economic development group, describing the impact of the John Edward trial to the Raleigh News & Observer.
On The Air This Week…
This week on C J Radio…
Carolina Journal’s Jon Ham discusses the media narrative about a war on women; lawmakers react to suggestions about cost savings in the state aircraft fleet; state auditor Beth Wood, DENR staffer Edythe McKinney, and lawmakers discuss problems with a program designed to speed environmental permits; AEI president Arthur Brooks shares insights from his book The Road to Freedom; and JLF’s Terry Stoops analyzes the N.C. Senate Republicans’ education reform plan.
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: Election results; the state budget; and the John Edwards trial. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; Henry Hinton of Inner Banks Media; and former Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edminsten.