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55% of N.C. voters think the nation is headed in the wrong direction, while 39% think we are on the right path.
55% of N.C. voters think the nation is headed in the wrong direction, while 39% think we are on the right path.
 
Although there are already hundreds of different types of potatoes in the United States, the government wants additional varieties and is spending $2.5 million to develop more kinds.
Although there are already hundreds of different types of potatoes in the United States, the government wants additional varieties and is spending $2.5 million to develop more kinds.
 
Certainly, the most disappointing part of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was that there was no mention of the federal spending crisis or our $23 trillion national debt.
Certainly, the most disappointing part of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was that there was no mention of the federal spending crisis or our $23 trillion national debt.
 
There is a significant demographic change occurring in North Carolina that virtually no one is talking about
There is a significant demographic change occurring in North Carolina that virtually no one is talking about
 
Tax increases deprive citizens of the chance to meet increasingly important financial priorities in order to fund less important government programs
Tax increases deprive citizens of the chance to meet increasingly important financial priorities in order to fund less important government programs
 
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported on a development students of American governance have known about for years, but politicians have studiously avoided doing anything about: the United States' debt will cost us more in the near future than our own national defense
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported on a development students of American governance have known about for years, but politicians have studiously avoided doing anything about: the United States' debt will cost us more in the near future than our own national defense
 
There is a simple equation that every first-semester student in macroeconomics learns. It is the equation for measuring gross domestic product or GDP. GDP is used to measure the size of state and national economies
There is a simple equation that every first-semester student in macroeconomics learns. It is the equation for measuring gross domestic product or GDP. GDP is used to measure the size of state and national economies
 
The University of Chicago is known for its imaginative admission application essay questions, questions such as “So where is Waldo, really?” or “Find x” or one year “How are apples and oranges supposed to be compared?”
The University of Chicago is known for its imaginative admission application essay questions, questions such as “So where is Waldo, really?” or “Find x” or one year “How are apples and oranges supposed to be compared?”
 
What we are currently witnessing in state government feels like watching the movie "Groundhog Day." Our legislature passes a bill, the governor vetoes it, lawmakers override the veto, then the issue goes to court
What we are currently witnessing in state government feels like watching the movie "Groundhog Day." Our legislature passes a bill, the governor vetoes it, lawmakers override the veto, then the issue goes to court
 
Right after the 2016 elections, I observed that the combination of Donald Trump’s rise and continuing GOP strength across the landscape of American politics had yielded three distinct Republican parties: a populist and personality-driven White House party
Right after the 2016 elections, I observed that the combination of Donald Trump’s rise and continuing GOP strength across the landscape of American politics had yielded three distinct Republican parties: a populist and personality-driven White House party
 
Voters must look beyond candidates' statements and official policy positions to find those who emulate Walter Mondale. This is especially true when considering Mondale's views about raising taxes
Voters must look beyond candidates' statements and official policy positions to find those who emulate Walter Mondale. This is especially true when considering Mondale's views about raising taxes
 
What is the role of education in America? What is government’s role in providing that education
What is the role of education in America? What is government’s role in providing that education
 
Large majorities of North Carolina voters support enshrining additional rights and responsibilities in the state constitution in the latest polling by the Civitas Institute
Large majorities of North Carolina voters support enshrining additional rights and responsibilities in the state constitution in the latest polling by the Civitas Institute
 
Every Saturday night our family would gather round the black and white TV to watch the latest Perry Mason episode
Every Saturday night our family would gather round the black and white TV to watch the latest Perry Mason episode
 
The state budget for FY 2018-19 contains nearly 170 line items totaling $30 million that are highly inappropriate or outright pork
The state budget for FY 2018-19 contains nearly 170 line items totaling $30 million that are highly inappropriate or outright pork
 
Over the past two weeks, government budget agencies have delivered two key reports to North Carolina taxpayers. One should infuriate them. The other should please them
Over the past two weeks, government budget agencies have delivered two key reports to North Carolina taxpayers. One should infuriate them. The other should please them
 
This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones, a longtime deficit hawk, continued efforts to reign in our nation’s runaway debt, and cosponsored H.R. 5572, the One Percent Spending Reduction Act, also known as the “Penny Plan.”
This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones, a longtime deficit hawk, continued efforts to reign in our nation’s runaway debt, and cosponsored H.R. 5572, the One Percent Spending Reduction Act, also known as the “Penny Plan.”
 
If the governor directs where money goes and for what purpose, is it government spending?
If the governor directs where money goes and for what purpose, is it government spending?
 
This month, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), a long-time warrior against wasteful spending, continued to speak out against the potential of Congress bringing back pork barrel spending projects, often know as earmarks
This month, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), a long-time warrior against wasteful spending, continued to speak out against the potential of Congress bringing back pork barrel spending projects, often know as earmarks
 
Yesterday evening, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), a long-time deficit hawk and a warrior against wasteful spending, voted once again for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution (H.J.Res. 2)
Yesterday evening, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), a long-time deficit hawk and a warrior against wasteful spending, voted once again for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution (H.J.Res. 2)
 
Governments cannot realistically take enough money from citizens to pay for all the repairs and construction people say we need
Governments cannot realistically take enough money from citizens to pay for all the repairs and construction people say we need
 
This afternoon, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out strongly against the prospect of Congress bringing back pork barrel spending, commonly known as earmarks
This afternoon, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out strongly against the prospect of Congress bringing back pork barrel spending, commonly known as earmarks
 
In a marathon meeting that featured strong opposition from a local activist group, the Greensboro City Council approved two parking decks that will each cost $30 million and will primarily serve new downtown private development
In a marathon meeting that featured strong opposition from a local activist group, the Greensboro City Council approved two parking decks that will each cost $30 million and will primarily serve new downtown private development
 
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his long fight against wasteful government spending and the runaway federal debt by voting against final passage of H. Con. Res. 71, legislation establishing the congressional budget for fiscal year 2018
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his long fight against wasteful government spending and the runaway federal debt by voting against final passage of H. Con. Res. 71, legislation establishing the congressional budget for fiscal year 2018
 
During the recently completed legislative session, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to enact a new budget for state government
During the recently completed legislative session, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to enact a new budget for state government
 
The state House approved early Friday morning its proposed budget, which totals $22.9 billion in General Fund spending
The state House approved early Friday morning its proposed budget, which totals $22.9 billion in General Fund spending
 
It's hard not to play along when children come up with cute untruths
 
Today’s N&O features this ridiculous editorial lambasting the NC General Assembly for being too financially responsible
Today’s N&O features this ridiculous editorial lambasting the NC General Assembly for being too financially responsible
 
As Gov. Cooper prepares to release his state budget proposal, its a good time to be reminded of a couple basic numbers
As Gov. Cooper prepares to release his state budget proposal, its a good time to be reminded of a couple basic numbers
 
Before joining the John Locke Foundation, I spent 28 years in the sports industry as an executive, investment banker and consultant
Before joining the John Locke Foundation, I spent 28 years in the sports industry as an executive, investment banker and consultant
 
What if the conventional wisdom about education in North Carolina were exactly backwards, and it was Republicans who have been more generous in funding our state's schools
What if the conventional wisdom about education in North Carolina were exactly backwards, and it was Republicans who have been more generous in funding our state's schools
 
Accountability — and our outdated concept of it — is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post “Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability”.
Accountability — and our outdated concept of it — is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post “Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability”.
 
Martin Community College was at increased risk of fraud and its true financial picture was clouded because it lacked proper controls over financial reporting that resulted in a series of accounting errors, based on an audit of the 2014-15 school year by the Office of State Auditor
Martin Community College was at increased risk of fraud and its true financial picture was clouded because it lacked proper controls over financial reporting that resulted in a series of accounting errors, based on an audit of the 2014-15 school year by the Office of State Auditor
 
North Carolina has made another top-10 list - one that should make the state's fiscal conservatives particularly happy
North Carolina has made another top-10 list - one that should make the state's fiscal conservatives particularly happy
 
In 2015, the city of Raleigh spent $4.62 million on on-road bikeways. Between 2009 and 2015, Raleigh grew its bikeways from 73 miles to 179 miles
In 2015, the city of Raleigh spent $4.62 million on on-road bikeways. Between 2009 and 2015, Raleigh grew its bikeways from 73 miles to 179 miles
 
Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance schools, roads, and other public services, even if the higher taxes discourage some private investment and entrepreneurship
Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance schools, roads, and other public services, even if the higher taxes discourage some private investment and entrepreneurship
 
Approximately 55 percent of North Carolina's $21.9 billion state budget is spent on education. About 70 percent of all money devoted to education is spent on K-12 education
Approximately 55 percent of North Carolina's $21.9 billion state budget is spent on education. About 70 percent of all money devoted to education is spent on K-12 education
 
Jones thanks Chairman Harold Rogers (KY-5) for acting on Jones' March 17 request to include language in federal spending bills to ensure that computer networks in federal agencies block the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography
Jones thanks Chairman Harold Rogers (KY-5) for acting on Jones' March 17 request to include language in federal spending bills to ensure that computer networks in federal agencies block the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography
 
The city wants to spend a large amount of taxpayers’ money to build a ballpark complex. It won’t just be a ballpark. The facility would also be designed to host soccer, lacrosse, and other sporting events.
The city wants to spend a large amount of taxpayers’ money to build a ballpark complex. It won’t just be a ballpark. The facility would also be designed to host soccer, lacrosse, and other sporting events.
 
What would North Carolina look like with Roy Cooper as governor? Today, the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) launched a website, backtothefuturenc.com, and digital ad campaign to take North Carolinians back in time to examine Roy Cooper's long 30-year record as a Raleigh insider and show how
What would North Carolina look like with Roy Cooper as governor? Today, the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) launched a website, backtothefuturenc.com, and digital ad campaign to take North Carolinians back in time to examine Roy Cooper's long 30-year record as a Raleigh insider and show how
 
The 2015 long legislative session has proven to be just that: long. Many productive ideas have been discussed, among them whether we should take advantage of low interest rates and construction costs to borrow and address long-neglected needs; whether insurance companies or providers should...
The 2015 long legislative session has proven to be just that: long. Many productive ideas have been discussed, among them whether we should take advantage of low interest rates and construction costs to borrow and address long-neglected needs; whether insurance companies or providers should...
 
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