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Many years ago the head of Sears Roebuck’s advertising department reported that half of all the dollars they spent on advertising was wasted, he just didn’t know which half.
Many years ago the head of Sears Roebuck’s advertising department reported that half of all the dollars they spent on advertising was wasted, he just didn’t know which half.
 
North Carolina state revenues have taken a major hit since the Coronavirus outbreak began.
North Carolina state revenues have taken a major hit since the Coronavirus outbreak began.
 
State agencies continued to hold back spending in May. General Fund appropriations for the month of May were down 3% compared to May 2019 to $2.289 billion, according to the latest report from the State Controller.
State agencies continued to hold back spending in May. General Fund appropriations for the month of May were down 3% compared to May 2019 to $2.289 billion, according to the latest report from the State Controller.
 
Does our state government spend too much, too little, or just enough?
Does our state government spend too much, too little, or just enough?
 
In late March, I wrote about how North Carolina state government is likely better financially prepared than most states for the coronavirus shutdown, and certainly more prepared than it was prior to the Great Recession.
In late March, I wrote about how North Carolina state government is likely better financially prepared than most states for the coronavirus shutdown, and certainly more prepared than it was prior to the Great Recession.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the biennial budget bill, saying North Carolina residents are dying because Republicans won’t expand Medicaid rolls.
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the biennial budget bill, saying North Carolina residents are dying because Republicans won’t expand Medicaid rolls.
 
Voters tend to credit the governor for a state's strong economy and fiscal health
Voters tend to credit the governor for a state's strong economy and fiscal health
 
Rob Christensen, the venerable political reporter for the News & Observer, offers a future vision of North Carolina as Illinois, with out-of-control spending leading to failing government and bad credit
Rob Christensen, the venerable political reporter for the News & Observer, offers a future vision of North Carolina as Illinois, with out-of-control spending leading to failing government and bad credit
 
State Treasurer Dale Folwell is making good on a pledge from his 2016 election campaign to cut costs and boost transparency in the State Health Plan
State Treasurer Dale Folwell is making good on a pledge from his 2016 election campaign to cut costs and boost transparency in the State Health Plan
 
The latest data shows that North Carolina’s unfunded state pension liability has grown to $7.9 billion. This figure is likely highly understated, however, given the overly optimistic discount rate being used to calculate the liability
The latest data shows that North Carolina’s unfunded state pension liability has grown to $7.9 billion. This figure is likely highly understated, however, given the overly optimistic discount rate being used to calculate the liability
 
State Treasurer Dale Folwell gave a chilly reception to issuing a statewide school construction bond even as Gov. Roy Cooper hit the road Tuesday, July 10, pitching one
State Treasurer Dale Folwell gave a chilly reception to issuing a statewide school construction bond even as Gov. Roy Cooper hit the road Tuesday, July 10, pitching one
 
For several decades a growing chorus of voices has been insisting that government can become more efficient and effective if it were "run like a business."
For several decades a growing chorus of voices has been insisting that government can become more efficient and effective if it were "run like a business."
 
Despite repeated stern warnings from state Treasurer Dale Folwell, legislation adding $3 billion in state debt for unspecified transportation projects flew through House and Senate committees with bipartisan support
Despite repeated stern warnings from state Treasurer Dale Folwell, legislation adding $3 billion in state debt for unspecified transportation projects flew through House and Senate committees with bipartisan support
 
Republican House candidates on average spent 21 percent more than Democrats leading up to the May 8 primary contests But the total fundraising gap between the parties was small
Republican House candidates on average spent 21 percent more than Democrats leading up to the May 8 primary contests But the total fundraising gap between the parties was small
 
What is a tax increase? Sounds like a simple question. But when politics intrudes, simple becomes complicated - or even convoluted
What is a tax increase? Sounds like a simple question. But when politics intrudes, simple becomes complicated - or even convoluted
 
The spending total in his proposal comes to $24.54 billion, $500 million more than the $23.9 billion spending target recently agreed upon by the legislature.
The spending total in his proposal comes to $24.54 billion, $500 million more than the $23.9 billion spending target recently agreed upon by the legislature.
 
Governor Cooper today presented his Common Ground Solutions 2018-2019 recommended budget adjustments
Governor Cooper today presented his Common Ground Solutions 2018-2019 recommended budget adjustments
 
Legislative leaders removed some of the guesswork for the legislative short session starting May 16 by announcing they agreed to a $23.917 billion spending plan for the 2018-19 state budget
Legislative leaders removed some of the guesswork for the legislative short session starting May 16 by announcing they agreed to a $23.917 billion spending plan for the 2018-19 state budget
 
North Carolina’s 2018 "short" legislative session will get into full swing later this spring – after the brief special sessions begun last week conclude
North Carolina’s 2018 "short" legislative session will get into full swing later this spring – after the brief special sessions begun last week conclude
 
There are just as many fads in politics as there is in other fields of human endeavor, from entertainment to home remedies
There are just as many fads in politics as there is in other fields of human endeavor, from entertainment to home remedies
 
State Treasurer Dale Folwell isn't known to mince words and in a recent NC SPIN interview he reported North Carolina has made promises to present and retired state employees we are presently unable to pay
State Treasurer Dale Folwell isn't known to mince words and in a recent NC SPIN interview he reported North Carolina has made promises to present and retired state employees we are presently unable to pay
 
Which North Carolina political party has increased the education budget by more than $1.1 billion since 2011? Answer: the Republicans.
Which North Carolina political party has increased the education budget by more than $1.1 billion since 2011? Answer: the Republicans.
 
Revisions put in place by Governor Pat McCrory's Division of Motor Fleet Management have resulted in a savings of more than $2 million for the state's latest vehicle order
Revisions put in place by Governor Pat McCrory's Division of Motor Fleet Management have resulted in a savings of more than $2 million for the state's latest vehicle order
 
Today, NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett released the following statement on N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper's high-dollar New York City fundraiser with "America's Worst Governor," Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.
Today, NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett released the following statement on N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper's high-dollar New York City fundraiser with "America's Worst Governor," Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.
 
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 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 North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to pass a budget for the 2015-17 biennium that spends some $22 billion a year on General Fund programs, appropriates more than $50 billion a year when all other funds are included, and makes hundreds of millions of dollars in changes to state taxes
The North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to pass a budget for the 2015-17 biennium that spends some $22 billion a year on General Fund programs, appropriates more than $50 billion a year when all other funds are included, and makes hundreds of millions of dollars in changes to state taxes
 
As North Carolina's legislative session (presumably) winds down over the next couple of weeks, it seems increasingly unlikely that the cap on state spending growth and other provisions of the proposed Taxpayer Protection Act will pass this year. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks ago...
As North Carolina's legislative session (presumably) winds down over the next couple of weeks, it seems increasingly unlikely that the cap on state spending growth and other provisions of the proposed Taxpayer Protection Act will pass this year. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks ago...
 
Likely North Carolina voters overwhelmingly favor a measure to restrain the growth rate of state spending. According to the April 2011 Civitas Institute poll, 67 percent of respondents support the ideas contained in HB 188 - which would limit the growth rate of the state budget to a formula based...
Likely North Carolina voters overwhelmingly favor a measure to restrain the growth rate of state spending. According to the April 2011 Civitas Institute poll, 67 percent of respondents support the ideas contained in HB 188 - which would limit the growth rate of the state budget to a formula based...
 
Senate leader Phil Berger announced Wednesday that the chamber's leadership had pulled two major policy provisions from its proposed budget to spur stalled negotiations on the state spending plan.
Senate leader Phil Berger announced Wednesday that the chamber's leadership had pulled two major policy provisions from its proposed budget to spur stalled negotiations on the state spending plan.
 
Regardless of whether it is measured in nominal, per capita, or inflation-adjusted terms, state spending is increasing.
 
Sorry, trick question. No such event ever happened, except in the fevered imagination of liberal editorial writers. While it is true that Republicans, running as fiscal conservatives, took control of the state legislature in 2010 and a majority of North Carolina's county commissions in 2012, the...
Sorry, trick question. No such event ever happened, except in the fevered imagination of liberal editorial writers. While it is true that Republicans, running as fiscal conservatives, took control of the state legislature in 2010 and a majority of North Carolina's county commissions in 2012, the...
 
"Are we there yet?" Any parent who has taken long road trips with young children has likely heard that phrase countless times. To the children, the only thing that matters is how quickly they arrive at the destination.
"Are we there yet?" Any parent who has taken long road trips with young children has likely heard that phrase countless times. To the children, the only thing that matters is how quickly they arrive at the destination.
 
A majority of North Carolinians support a cap on total state spending at inflation and population growth.
A majority of North Carolinians support a cap on total state spending at inflation and population growth.
 
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