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    A Fork in the Road for Transportation Funding

    posted January 25, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Governments cannot realistically take enough money from citizens to pay for all the repairs and construction people say we need. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated an unmet need…
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    The Charter School Money Drain Blame Game

    posted January 18, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    A new working paper by Helen Ladd and John Singleton, The Fiscal Externalities of Charter Schools: Evidence from North Carolina, appears to confirm the long-held suspicions of district school advocates…
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    Throttling Down Some on Costly Rulemaking

    posted January 18, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    The conference report on House Bill 162, which has already passed the Senate, includes a common-sense adjustment of the state’s sunset provisions with periodic review. That regulatory…
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    “Don’t Be Evil”: Google’s Ironic Corporate Motto

    posted January 16, 2018 by Jon Guze
    Last summer, Google fired a software engineer named James Damore for posting a controversial memo on an in-house message board. Last week, Damore and another former Google employee filed a…
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    Good News in Teacher Turnover Report

    posted January 10, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The State Board of Education received the 2016-17 State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina report last week.  The report summarizes the attrition and mobility of public school…
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    Keynesianism: The Real Trickle-Down Economics

    posted January 10, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In the media and among pundits, the term “trickle-down economics” is used a lot. The expression was reportedly first used in the 1930s by Will Rogers and was later adopted…
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    Prepare for the Next State Budget by Focusing on Spending

    posted January 10, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Hundreds of years separate Jean Jacques Rousseau and Dave Ramsey, but they share a common approach to finances. In the Social Contract, Rousseau writes that the “most important maxim…

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