• John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Mini Budgets Circumvent State Budget Staring Contest

    posted September 5, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Despite his protestations, Gov. Roy Cooper has signed three mini-budget bills passed unanimously by the General Assembly. Republican legislative leaders signaled their move to piecemeal budgeting in mid-August when they…
  • 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

    N.C. Budget 2019: Republicans Draw Line in the Sand

    posted March 21, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    With each step of the budget process, the lines become clearer in the battle over the future of North Carolina for state employees, taxpayers, and citizens. Will state policymakers have…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C.’s 2019 Budget: Previewing Debt and Capital

    posted February 11, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Everybody wants a piece of North Carolina’s statutory debt limit. For the third consecutive year, the Debt Affordability Study recommends increasing the debt limit to 4.5 percent of General Fund…

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