• John Locke Update

    Cooper’s education budget: following the money tells you a lot

    posted April 1, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Cooper recommends 11 and 16 percent spending increases for K-12 public education for the next biennium, focusing on teacher and administrator pay increases, bonuses, hiring more staff and raising pay to $15/hour for noncertified staff.
  • John Locke Update

    Not-quite-the-budget session begins today

    posted September 2, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Yesterday, NC legislators described their plan to use more than $1 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Today, they will provide legislation and vote on it. But some differences between the governor's plan and the legislature's plan are already apparent.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s state budget gambit is reckless

    posted June 15, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Cooper’s risky bet to keep spending like it’s 2019, despite a $1.6 billion loss of revenue between March and the end of June, is reckless and irresponsible with…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Borrowing to Balance the Budget

    posted July 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    In addition to questions of money and Medicaid, the budget stalemate raises a philosophical question: When is a balanced budget not a balanced budget? North Carolina’s state constitution and…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: A Consensus-Based Approach

    posted June 12, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Now that the House has officially rejected the Senate’s budget bill, the two chambers soon will begin conference negotiations to set a final budget that likely will be subject to a…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Spotlight on the House Budget

    posted May 13, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    A $700 million accounting change made the North Carolina House’s $23.9 General Fund budget difficult to compare with past budgets and with Gov. Roy Cooper’s spending proposal. The budget bill…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: N.C. House Unveils its Spending Plan

    posted May 2, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina budget remains a work in progress even as the State House votes this week to approve its version and send it to their colleagues in the State…

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