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Perdue signs JobsNOW legislation, but who benefits?

But really, if legislators in Raleigh wanted to really kick-start job creation, why not give direct tax breaks to small businesses?

By |July 23rd, 2010|Raleigh|0 Comments

Goodall questioned about his role as legislator and lobbyist

Eddie Goodall, the outgoing N.C. senator who represents the Mint Hill area, is being questioned by the Greensboro News and Record about his role as Senator and President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Goodall offered an amendment yesterday that calls for a lifting of the 100 limit of charter schools in […]

By |June 18th, 2010|Raleigh|0 Comments

JLF reaction to Perdue’s proposed budget: Not as fiscally conservative as advertised

As expected, The John Locke Foundation says Gov. Perdue’s budget cuts do not go far enough:
Gov. Beverly Perdue’s new budget plan spends more than she’s willing to promote, and it includes ideas for boosting the North Carolina economy that are likely to have little positive impact. That’s the initial reaction from the John Locke Foundation’s […]

By |April 20th, 2010|Raleigh|0 Comments

Gov. Perdue cuts $1 billion in proposed budget

Gov. Bev Perdue released her proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and surprise, there is $1 billion in cuts to cover more than a billion dollar deficit. Most of these cuts came from eliminating 600 state jobs, reduced spending by 6-7 percent to agencies and reducing education entities by 4 percent. Read the press release after the break. […]

By |April 20th, 2010|Raleigh|1 Comment

A new day for divvying up highway funds?

Joseph Coletti of the John Locke Foundation gave a presentation today to the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee. Read the press release after the break.
“More money is not the only issue, or even the most important issue,” Coletti added. “Spending what we have more wisely is the key, by acting to delay or delete funding for the most cost-ineffective projects and moving that money into maintenance needs.”
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By |April 6th, 2010|Raleigh, Transportation|0 Comments

NC loses RTT money–lack of charter schools to blame?

North Carolina missed out on the first round of Race to the Top stimulus funds, ranking 12th out of the final 16. The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools thinks it’s because of the state’s reluctance to lift the cap of 100 charter schools in the state. Here’s the press release sent by the Alliance:

“North Carolina’s arbitrarily low limit on the expansion of public charter schools and its lack of equitable public charter school funding data proved a “significant contributing factor” to its rejection in President Obama’s Race to the Top first phase funding.

Repeatedly stressed among the five Race to the Top reviewers was North Carolina’s low cap on public charter schools coupled with no future plans for growth. This, along with the lack of provable data demonstrating financial equity between North Carolina charter schools and traditional public schools, caused North Carolina to score significantly lower than first round winners Delaware and Tennessee.

Eddie Goodall, President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools, stated:

“Along with the school districts across North Carolina we share the disappointment of not getting any of the half billion dollars awarded today in the “Race to the Top” funding. The second round of applications are due in June and three and a half billion more federal dollars for our nation’s schools is at stake. North Carolina has a second chance to do the right thing and raise the public charter school cap allowing for the growth of quality public charter schools.” […]

By |March 30th, 2010|Raleigh, Schools, Washington|0 Comments