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With massive unemployment forced on the people of North Carolina by government decree, the State should sharply curtail and preferably halt its state run gambling business.
With massive unemployment forced on the people of North Carolina by government decree, the State should sharply curtail and preferably halt its state run gambling business.
 
As the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president debate the merits of taxing the wealthiest Americans, maybe we should instead focus on getting rid of a program that effectively taxes the poorest among us.
As the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president debate the merits of taxing the wealthiest Americans, maybe we should instead focus on getting rid of a program that effectively taxes the poorest among us.
 
The North Carolina Education Lottery has seen many changes since its scandal-soaked enactment in 2005: lots of new games, Mega Millions, even a new headquarters.
The North Carolina Education Lottery has seen many changes since its scandal-soaked enactment in 2005: lots of new games, Mega Millions, even a new headquarters.
 
Governor Roy Cooper today directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund to speed repairs to K-12 public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence
Governor Roy Cooper today directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund to speed repairs to K-12 public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence
 
The Administration strongly opposes passage of the Schumer-Rounds-Collins Amendment
 
President Trump issued the following statement of support today for Chairman Grassley's immigration bill, which was just published and is based on the White House Framework
President Trump issued the following statement of support today for Chairman Grassley's immigration bill, which was just published and is based on the White House Framework
 
President Donald J. Trump has proposed ending the visa lottery system and reallocating the visas it currently distributes
President Donald J. Trump has proposed ending the visa lottery system and reallocating the visas it currently distributes
 
State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that Camden, Clay, Gates, and Jones counties will receive a combined $30 million in grants through the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund
State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that Camden, Clay, Gates, and Jones counties will receive a combined $30 million in grants through the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund
 
State Sen. Rick Horner can quip with the best of them. During a recent debate about school construction needs in North Carolina, the Wilson County lawmaker and former school-board chairman argued that the state lottery ought to fulfill its original mandate by producing more money
State Sen. Rick Horner can quip with the best of them. During a recent debate about school construction needs in North Carolina, the Wilson County lawmaker and former school-board chairman argued that the state lottery ought to fulfill its original mandate by producing more money
 
Georgiaís HOPE Scholarship is now in its twenty-fourth year of existence. Originally the brainchild of then Governor Zell Miller, since 1993 this merit-based scholarship program has distributed in excess of $9 billion in lottery proceeds to about 1.7 million qualifying recipients
Georgiaís HOPE Scholarship is now in its twenty-fourth year of existence. Originally the brainchild of then Governor Zell Miller, since 1993 this merit-based scholarship program has distributed in excess of $9 billion in lottery proceeds to about 1.7 million qualifying recipients
 
As hundreds of bills are filed in the General Assembly, I ask: What problem are lawmakers trying to solve? If there is one, what should government do about it
As hundreds of bills are filed in the General Assembly, I ask: What problem are lawmakers trying to solve? If there is one, what should government do about it
 
Governor Roy Cooper today announced four chairs of councils and commissions
 
Republican Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts has a built-in advantage in his race for the House seat in District 81 - a lot more registered Republicans.
Republican Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts has a built-in advantage in his race for the House seat in District 81 - a lot more registered Republicans.
 
Is There a Formula to Charter School Success?
 
Yesterday was the kind of day I want to always remember. It was the best of times. I did not win the lottery nor was bestowed any title of honor-those would have been lesser deeds in my moments.
Yesterday was the kind of day I want to always remember. It was the best of times. I did not win the lottery nor was bestowed any title of honor-those would have been lesser deeds in my moments.
 
My first post about the Lottery dream list covered a modest wish for a car that recently sold for about $14 million. This wish is about the beauty of those old Chris Craft wooden boats.
My first post about the Lottery dream list covered a modest wish for a car that recently sold for about $14 million. This wish is about the beauty of those old Chris Craft wooden boats.
 
Legislative critics on Thursday chided state lottery officials for trimming back the percentage of proceeds going to education and emphasizing the long-term jackpot payout over the one-time cash payout that many winners receive.
Legislative critics on Thursday chided state lottery officials for trimming back the percentage of proceeds going to education and emphasizing the long-term jackpot payout over the one-time cash payout that many winners receive.
 
I am still evaluating the odds on this lottery
 
As the Powerball jackpot soared over a billion dollars, much of the discussion in the Tar Heel State turned to the North Carolina Education Lottery and what that money does for public education.
As the Powerball jackpot soared over a billion dollars, much of the discussion in the Tar Heel State turned to the North Carolina Education Lottery and what that money does for public education.
 
The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today.
 
Hitting the lottery was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. I should know because, I have hit it several times in my time life here on earth.
Hitting the lottery was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. I should know because, I have hit it several times in my time life here on earth.
 
Those who watch state government have had plenty to talk about since the General Assembly passed the state's new $21.7 billion state budget. Since education is the single largest item in the state budget, here are three things you probably didn't hear about education spending.
Those who watch state government have had plenty to talk about since the General Assembly passed the state's new $21.7 billion state budget. Since education is the single largest item in the state budget, here are three things you probably didn't hear about education spending.
 
In July, I wrote about the WW I draft.
 
The General Assembly released its conference report on the 2015 state budget late Wednesday night, with appropriations and special provisions largely favorable to counties.
The General Assembly released its conference report on the 2015 state budget late Wednesday night, with appropriations and special provisions largely favorable to counties.
 
House and Senate budget negotiators cleared a major obstacle Wednesday by compromising on the Medicaid component of a $21 billion 2014-15 General Fund spending plan, but still face potentially prickly deliberations on Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and teacher tenure.
House and Senate budget negotiators cleared a major obstacle Wednesday by compromising on the Medicaid component of a $21 billion 2014-15 General Fund spending plan, but still face potentially prickly deliberations on Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and teacher tenure.
 
All our lives we've heard aphorisms about money. Truisms like, "the love of money is the root of all evil," "a penny saved is a penny earned," "a fool and his money are soon parted," and "you can't spend the same dollar twice."
All our lives we've heard aphorisms about money. Truisms like, "the love of money is the root of all evil," "a penny saved is a penny earned," "a fool and his money are soon parted," and "you can't spend the same dollar twice."
 
State House leaders Tuesday unveiled their $21.1 billion General Fund spending plan, including teacher pay increases averaging 5 percent, 25 new positions to enforce coal ash pond cleanup, and a transfer of the State Bureau of Investigation from the Department of Justice to the Department of Public
State House leaders Tuesday unveiled their $21.1 billion General Fund spending plan, including teacher pay increases averaging 5 percent, 25 new positions to enforce coal ash pond cleanup, and a transfer of the State Bureau of Investigation from the Department of Justice to the Department of Public
 
The House released its initial budget proposal Tuesday, with appropriations subcommittees meeting for several hours to review and amend the proposed committee substitute by subject area.
The House released its initial budget proposal Tuesday, with appropriations subcommittees meeting for several hours to review and amend the proposed committee substitute by subject area.
 
Governor Pat McCrory is calling for a scholarship program that will give newly separated veterans the equivalency of in-state tuition at the state's University of North Carolina institutions. In April, the governor said he will ask the Legislature for in-state tuition at the state's 58 community...
Governor Pat McCrory is calling for a scholarship program that will give newly separated veterans the equivalency of in-state tuition at the state's University of North Carolina institutions. In April, the governor said he will ask the Legislature for in-state tuition at the state's 58 community...
 
I've made this point before, but it's worth emphasizing one more time: those who oppose school choice in elementary and secondary education should, if they wish to be consistent, oppose former Gov. Jim Hunt's Smart Start program and former Gov. Mike Easley's More At Four program, now known as NC Pre
I've made this point before, but it's worth emphasizing one more time: those who oppose school choice in elementary and secondary education should, if they wish to be consistent, oppose former Gov. Jim Hunt's Smart Start program and former Gov. Mike Easley's More At Four program, now known as NC Pre
 
Parents of students seeking to benefit from the state's Opportunity Scholarships program must wait for the N.C. Court of Appeals to consider a lawsuit filed on their behalf. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood denied motions made by defendants to delay his preliminary injunction preventing the schol
Parents of students seeking to benefit from the state's Opportunity Scholarships program must wait for the N.C. Court of Appeals to consider a lawsuit filed on their behalf. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood denied motions made by defendants to delay his preliminary injunction preventing the schol
 
A number of years ago, our Legislature had a new idea: Let's follow many other states and keep NC Education strong by putting in a Lottery to raise money.
A number of years ago, our Legislature had a new idea: Let's follow many other states and keep NC Education strong by putting in a Lottery to raise money.
 
On Wednesday, May 14, the North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene at noon for what is called the "short session." One thing that people may not realize about the short session is there are crossover bills that will be eligible to be considered.
On Wednesday, May 14, the North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene at noon for what is called the "short session." One thing that people may not realize about the short session is there are crossover bills that will be eligible to be considered.
 
Recent headlines have called attention to the issue of state public school textbook funding. Partisans have tried to score political points with quotes like the following...
Recent headlines have called attention to the issue of state public school textbook funding. Partisans have tried to score political points with quotes like the following...
 
The libertarian bumper sticker -- "Don't steal from the government; it hates competition" -- takes on added meaning every time North Carolina officials try to shut down Internet sweepstakes operations.
The libertarian bumper sticker -- "Don't steal from the government; it hates competition" -- takes on added meaning every time North Carolina officials try to shut down Internet sweepstakes operations.
 
The sweepstakes industry is a sizable, if controversial, juggernaut in North Carolina. The state Supreme Court is expected to rule later this year whether it is legal.
The sweepstakes industry is a sizable, if controversial, juggernaut in North Carolina. The state Supreme Court is expected to rule later this year whether it is legal.
 
Education officials and advocacy groups are pondering ways to better use those swollen waiting rolls for practical and policy applications.
Education officials and advocacy groups are pondering ways to better use those swollen waiting rolls for practical and policy applications.
 
Good academic researchers have known for a long time that the best research is that which shows what you thought you already knew was correct.
Good academic researchers have known for a long time that the best research is that which shows what you thought you already knew was correct.
 
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