Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: February 2009

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    Feb
    27

    1984 & George Orwell meet 2009 Stimulus Bill

    Posted in Uncategorized By Francis De Luca | Tagged

    Inserted inside the 1,073 page stimulus bill is a RAT. Byron York in an article in the DC Examiner explains the Orwellian provision that creates the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — or RAT Board. Instead of creating transparency this provision will actually muzzle EVERY Inspector General in every federal agency and department. Congress needs to repeal […]

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    Feb
    27

    Track the N.C. Stimulus Money

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour

    The Governor's office today posted this website to show where NC's share of the federal stimulus money is going. In a press release announcing the site, Purdue had this to say: “I want the people of North Carolina to understand exactly how the money will be used to put North Carolina back to work.” And […]

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    Feb
    27

    Civitas Poll: Keep Two Year Terms

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking, Polling By Chris Hayes

    We asked this month about a proposal going around the General Assembly to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot changing the length of terms from two years to four years. As expected, voters like having frequent opportunities to change their legislators.  Well, I guess opportunity is all relative since the legislators get to decide […]

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    Feb
    26

    Help Gov. Perdue Find Savings in the NC State Budget

    Posted in Miscellaneous By Francis De Luca

    To all the fine readers, bloggers etc out there. Sharpen your pencils and list ways you think the state could save money. I will start with a short list of suggestions that while small, would over time add up to a savings: Sell ALL of the Dept of Commerces Airplanes (2 planes 1 Helo) - Ongoing savings in pilots, […]

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    Feb
    26

    Retired UNC Faculty: A Nice Gesture

    Posted in Education By Bob Luebke

    Kudos to the UNC Retired Faculty Association.  At their monthly meeting in February, the group of retired professors went on record offering to teach classes, supervise grant writing and perform other duties – all without pay.  What prompted the generosity?   Members said they wanted to do their part to ensure state budget cuts didn’t adversely […]

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