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Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against H.R. 4038, The American SAFE Act, which would do nothing to cut off the funding for President Barack Obama's plan to import tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees into the U.S.
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
This past week I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at Americans for Prosperity's annual event, the Defending the American Dream Summit. I spoke about Washington's power grab and how the growth of federal agencies is threatening our laboratories of democracy. Many of us know that...
North Carolina lawmakers still cannot agree to a final budget. The Senate saw difficulty in compromise, so they decided to move their economic development and Medicaid reform plans out of the budget and into stand-alone bills. Unfortunately, even with this change, the two chambers were unable to...
The majority of the state's operations are funded through the General Fund. There are, though, some major components of the state's expenditure that are located outside the General Fund. In short, the General Fund amounts to around $20 billion, while total state spending amounts to approximately...
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
Student loan debt in North Carolina is not a good news-bad news story. It is a bad news-worse news story. Student debt, with a couple of exceptions, has been rising across the board at University of North Carolina schools, both in the percentage of students who need loans and the amount of their...
As budget negotiations for the long-overdue 2015 North Carolina state budget continue, the Civitas Institute would like to remind legislators and taxpayers about opportunities to save real money in the budget - which will enable negotiators to come to an agreement once and for all.
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
After nearly eight months of lengthy and heated discussion, Republican leaders in the North Carolina Senate and House have come to a consensus on a $21.7 billion state budget for the next two years. Since education comprises the single biggest item in the state budget, there is a lot of interest...
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
School choice has always been one of the core principles of the state and national Republican Party
Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation that will immediately reduce North Carolina's gas tax as part of a finance plan that will stabilize revenue needed for the state's transportation projects.
Politicians these days are all crowing about being "job creators." Gov. Pat McCrory has emptied out the corporate welfare accounts at the Department of Commerce, and he's coming to us (and our legislators on Jones Street) looking for $45 million more.
New Bern may be best known as the birthplace of Pepsi Co., the world's third largest food and beverage company. But it is also home to one of North Carolina's most financially unstable tourist attractions -- Tryon Palace -- and the neighboring North Carolina History Center.
The bottom line is that the governor's budget would increase K-12 education spending by 2.8 percent or $235 million more than the 2014-15 budget.
Over the last few weeks, debates in the North Carolina legislature have focused on the budget and the stark differences between the House and Senate versions. This week I would like to discuss more of the politics of the budget process and what that means for spending measures.
"Grassroots" is a word commonly used in the political world to describe what happens when highly motivated supporters spontaneously form a group from the ground up to advance a political cause or candidate.
The most recent Civitas Poll of North Carolina voters compared their current views with the positions of voters in May 2005, when Civitas took its first poll.
A new Civitas Poll of registered North Carolina voters shows they are open to options for schools, assessment of students, and education funding.
About to retire, Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn, M.D., has just released his 107-page 2014 Wastebook, a tabloid-type listing of over a hundred wasteful government-funded projects. Coburn continues the tradition of the late William Proxmire, the Wisconsin senator who, more modestly, chose just...
It's a pleasure to announce that Jenna A. Robinson, currently director of outreach for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, is about to become our new president. I am retiring, and my last day will be Friday, Feb. 13. I am joining the board of the Pope Center as vice-chairman.
Tom Ross is on the way out as president of the University of North Carolina - although he will remain in his position until January 2016. While Ross's departure was inevitable, it is puzzling that John Fennebresque, who serves as chairman of the system's Board of Governors, extended Ross's tenure...
In a letter to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan and several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders, Congressman Jones pointed out that after the presidents' budget requests included an average of $663,000 a year for New River Inlet.
On Tuesday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel created through Obamacare to cut Medicare payments.
North Carolina's State Park System is made up of 34 state parks, four state recreation areas, and three state natural areas that cost state government $50.8 million last fiscal year.
The state commission looking into replacing the Common Core State Standards in North Carolina has gotten some short-term funding, but will have to wait until lawmakers return later in January to get its own budget.
A Cary watchdog group plans to ask the General Assembly in 2015 to patch what it views as loopholes in state law that allowed Cary officials to help finance a boutique hotel with taxpayer money.
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, last week accused committee Democrats of an "attempt to silence" the John Locke Foundation - and 106 other organizations that have expressed skepticism over apocalyptic claims of the role of human...
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