• Press Release

    Overspending plays largest role in state’s fiscal woes

    posted January 6, 2009
    RALEIGH — Rampant state government spending bears much of the blame for North Carolina’s current budget woes, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. State spending has…
  • Research Report

    Saving, Spending and Taxing: Governor proposes $1 billion in new operating appropriations

    posted May 13, 2008 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Easley proposed $21.4 billion in state appropriations for continuing operations in fiscal year 2009, up $1 billion (4.9 percent) from the final budget for fiscal year 2008. Combined pay increases, including one-time bonuses, for teachers and state employees total $594 million. Less than a fifth of the $400 million in spending reductions are much more than reclaiming money that would not otherwise be spent.

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