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BAD MATH AND THE RETURN OF THE DEMOCRATS

According to the News and Observer, the State House is considering a budget that increases General Fund spending $1.3 billion next year or 6.3%. Defending the 6.3% spending increase – the biggest since Chapel Hill Democrat Joe Hackney was Speaker of the House and Mike Easley was Governor – a Republican budget writer declared it […]

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THE HIGH COST OF TEACHER TENURE

The Wall Street Journal (5/14) recently reported numbers on the cost of low performing teachers on their students. Often protected by tenure laws that make it hard to remove poorly performing teachers, the difference between a teacher in the bottom five percent and an average one is $9000 in lifetime earnings lost for a student. […]

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IOWA DEMOCRATS DOUBLE MANAGED CARE SAVINGS

Iowa Democrats and Republicans are fighting about Medicaid managed care savings estimates. And the Democrats believe reforming Medicaid with managed care will save over twice as much money as Republican Governor Terry Branstad says. Branstad, who proposed bringing managed care companies in to run Medicaid, predicted $51 million in savings. Iowa Senate Democrats say the […]

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MANAGED CARE MEDICAID KEY TO BUDGET

A whole bunch of spending ideas are floating through the State House. Spending for Hollywood movie producers. And Community College scholarships. And tax breaks on old buildings. Spending on incentives. And low income housing. And deductions for seniors. Don’t forget everybody wants more for teachers and state employees. The Governor wants more for courts, textbooks, […]

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MEDICAID MONSTER THREATENS GOVERNOR’S SOUND BUDGET

A predictable, overblown reaction from the bigger government lobby at the News and Observer is a clear signal Governor McCrory produced a fiscally responsible budget last week. While limiting overall spending growth below population plus inflation, the Governor devotes an additional $237 million to public education to hire 1400 new teachers, raise teacher pay, buy […]

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ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MORALITY OR MASSACRE?

On Valentine’s Day, the Democratic Party’s shock troops, the Moral Monday protesters, gathered in Raleigh under the command of Moral arbiter in chief, NAACP President William Barber. Reverend Barber bills his protest march as right, namely himself , against wrong, the ”extremist” Republican Legislature. And to put it mildly, the philosophical difference between Barber’s Democrats […]

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education, jobs, economy lead top 2015 state issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2015 PRESS INQUIRIES: info@cprnc.org North Carolinians are most concerned with jobs, the economy, and education, and 81% say the state’s economy has stayed the same or gotten better in a statewide poll released Friday by the Carolina Partnership for Reform. Support continues for reforms to the tax structure, with the […]

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AMAZING TEACHER TENURE FACTS

Here’s an amazing fact about teacher tenure from The New Teacher Project, a business and education group seeking education solutions. Taxpayers spend $250 million on raises for teachers their school district has already identified are ineffective teachers. Another fact. Their study reports over half the best teachers earn less than the average ineffective teacher in […]

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