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In March, the National Education Association released its latest Rankings and Estimates report. Last school year, North Carolina's average teacher salary ranked 42nd in the nation and trailed No. 41-ranked Louisiana by just over $100. The new edition of the report should be...
In March, the National Education Association released its latest Rankings and Estimates report. Last school year, North Carolina's average teacher salary ranked 42nd in the nation and trailed No. 41-ranked Louisiana by just over $100. The new edition of the report should be...
 
Except when complaining that North Carolina isn't giving enough targeted tax incentives to Hollywood studios, solar-panel manufacturers, and commercial real-estate developers, liberals contend that cutting taxes on business has no effect on business starts, corporate relocation, or job creation.
Except when complaining that North Carolina isn't giving enough targeted tax incentives to Hollywood studios, solar-panel manufacturers, and commercial real-estate developers, liberals contend that cutting taxes on business has no effect on business starts, corporate relocation, or job creation.
 
When I hear advocates claiming to represent women tell us we need to focus on "women's issues," I roll my eyes and try not to be insulted. I thought we'd gotten past the days of patronizing the "little ladies"
When I hear advocates claiming to represent women tell us we need to focus on "women's issues," I roll my eyes and try not to be insulted. I thought we'd gotten past the days of patronizing the "little ladies"
 
If Republican Thom Tillis were running for the U.S. Senate from the state of North Piedmont, he'd be clearly favored to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Alternatively, if Hagan represented the state of Trianglia, she'd be such a shoo-in that we'd all lose interest in the race.
If Republican Thom Tillis were running for the U.S. Senate from the state of North Piedmont, he'd be clearly favored to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Alternatively, if Hagan represented the state of Trianglia, she'd be such a shoo-in that we'd all lose interest in the race.
 
Those who want to place government-mandated limits on carbon dioxide (often erroneously and sometimes maliciously referred to as just "carbon") emissions claim that their goal is to keep the planet from overheating — that is, to prevent global warming.
Those who want to place government-mandated limits on carbon dioxide (often erroneously and sometimes maliciously referred to as just "carbon") emissions claim that their goal is to keep the planet from overheating — that is, to prevent global warming.
 
When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer - through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms - who stands to benefit?
When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer - through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms - who stands to benefit?
 
Local business leaders, economic development types, and government officials reflexively think of air service in terms of the number of flights handled by their airports daily. For most North Carolina airports, that number will drop significantly over the next few years.
Local business leaders, economic development types, and government officials reflexively think of air service in terms of the number of flights handled by their airports daily. For most North Carolina airports, that number will drop significantly over the next few years.
 
Labor unions and "moral" activists have once again somehow convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.
Labor unions and "moral" activists have once again somehow convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.
 
When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform.
When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform.
 
In response to these findings, a handful of pundits suggested that Republican legislators played a role in discouraging students from entering the teaching profession.
In response to these findings, a handful of pundits suggested that Republican legislators played a role in discouraging students from entering the teaching profession.
 
This observer has occasionally discussed the real-world folly of state economic incentives.
This observer has occasionally discussed the real-world folly of state economic incentives.
 
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year.
 
For many years, state education and political leaders promised increasing our "investment" in public schools was the key to raising student achievement for disadvantaged students.
For many years, state education and political leaders promised increasing our "investment" in public schools was the key to raising student achievement for disadvantaged students.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies.
Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies.
 
When I’m not reading public-policy tomes for work or escapist science fiction for play, any book you’ll find in my hands will probably be a work of history.
When I’m not reading public-policy tomes for work or escapist science fiction for play, any book you’ll find in my hands will probably be a work of history.
 
Ongoing Medicaid reform initiatives seeking to rein in unnecessary spending and better coordinate patient care may improve North Carolina's medical assistance program to a degree, and the special interests involved ostensibly have good intentions.
Ongoing Medicaid reform initiatives seeking to rein in unnecessary spending and better coordinate patient care may improve North Carolina's medical assistance program to a degree, and the special interests involved ostensibly have good intentions.
 
Is the market for news and information in North Carolina overly concentrated in a few hands?
Is the market for news and information in North Carolina overly concentrated in a few hands?
 
Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote a piece for The New York Times a couple of weeks ago that was partly a response to a previous piece I wrote for The Wall Street Journal about North Carolina’s recent drop in unemployment.
Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote a piece for The New York Times a couple of weeks ago that was partly a response to a previous piece I wrote for The Wall Street Journal about North Carolina’s recent drop in unemployment.
 
The dust is settling following approval of the latest state budget.
 
Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all public school teachers across North Carolina, rather than giving large raises to early-
Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all public school teachers across North Carolina, rather than giving large raises to early-
 
Early next year, the John Locke Foundation will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.
Early next year, the John Locke Foundation will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.
 
Two recent federal appeals court rulings address the question of whether Obamacare’s health insurance subsidies for individual-market consumers can be distributed to those purchasing insurance through federal exchanges.
Two recent federal appeals court rulings address the question of whether Obamacare’s health insurance subsidies for individual-market consumers can be distributed to those purchasing insurance through federal exchanges.
 
The question of whether government ought to subsidize historic preservation or Hollywood filmmaking is distinguishable from the question of how government ought to go about delivering those subsidies.
The question of whether government ought to subsidize historic preservation or Hollywood filmmaking is distinguishable from the question of how government ought to go about delivering those subsidies.
 
This legislative session has reminded me of watching my in-laws fight. It was loud, boisterous, impassioned, argumentative, at times totally unreasonable, accusatory, crazy, painful, and yet sometimes funny to watch — predictable and surprising.
This legislative session has reminded me of watching my in-laws fight. It was loud, boisterous, impassioned, argumentative, at times totally unreasonable, accusatory, crazy, painful, and yet sometimes funny to watch — predictable and surprising.
 
As North Carolina’s legislative session draws to a close and we enter the last quarter of the 2014 campaign, Democrats are hoping it will be a rerun of 1998. Republicans are hoping that it will be a rerun of 2010.
As North Carolina’s legislative session draws to a close and we enter the last quarter of the 2014 campaign, Democrats are hoping it will be a rerun of 1998. Republicans are hoping that it will be a rerun of 2010.
 
It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most — or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler.
It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most — or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler.
 
College and university faculty members have been among the most outspoken critics of private school scholarships for low-income children, measures to improve the quality of classroom teachers, and many other education reform initiatives passed by the Republican-led General Assembly.
College and university faculty members have been among the most outspoken critics of private school scholarships for low-income children, measures to improve the quality of classroom teachers, and many other education reform initiatives passed by the Republican-led General Assembly.
 
Critics of a just-passed Senate bill complain that it limits the ability of Wake, Guilford, and Forsyth counties to raise sales taxes to fund proposed rail transit systems in the Triangle and Triad.
Critics of a just-passed Senate bill complain that it limits the ability of Wake, Guilford, and Forsyth counties to raise sales taxes to fund proposed rail transit systems in the Triangle and Triad.
 
An excellent post at the Bloomberg View blog by Megan McArdle explains why the political left and the right view the outcome of the recent Hobby Lobby case so very differently.
An excellent post at the Bloomberg View blog by Megan McArdle explains why the political left and the right view the outcome of the recent Hobby Lobby case so very differently.
 
There was a time when the news media cast a skeptical eye at any press release that came over the transom.
There was a time when the news media cast a skeptical eye at any press release that came over the transom.
 
When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.
When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.
 
Several of my recent columns have addressed the statistical basis of political disputes over education funding, the state budget, and declines in North Carolina’s unemployment rate.
Several of my recent columns have addressed the statistical basis of political disputes over education funding, the state budget, and declines in North Carolina’s unemployment rate.
 
For many students, summer is synonymous with sunning and snoozing.
 
I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid.
I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid.
 
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