Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: September 2015

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    What's missing from discussions on teacher pay

    Posted in Civitas Review, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , , ,

    Low teacher pay and North Carolina’s position relative to other states are subjects much in the news lately. Numerous factors contribute to each of those situations. One factor is the cost of teacher benefits, specifically social security, retirement and hospitalization.  For a basis of comparison, let’s look at a few numbers from FY 2014-15. A […]

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    Senate Approves Corporate Welfare Expansion, $2 Billion Bond

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Last night the NC Senate unanimously approved an expansion of the state's Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), which is a taxpayer-funded handout to companies meeting politically-invented "job creation" thresholds (translation: mostly hires people away from competitors). The compromise would increase the cap on incentive awards to $20 million a year. The cap would be […]

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    Legislators Reach Deal on Medicaid Reform; Will Expansion Follow?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    As the state budget deal received final approval in the House and moves to the Governor's desk, another major issue is apparently being settle. Per WRAL   House Bill 372 will convert Medicaid from a fee-for-service program to a managed care model, in which insurers are paid a flat fee per patient they cover. The move […]

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    Gaston Gazette comments on latest CLF suit

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Civitas Review, Government By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , , , , ,

    The Gaston Gazette, a newspaper published out of Gastonia, recently commented on CLF's latest transparency lawsuit: Government too often tries to find ways to prevent the disclosure of information it has gathered. That action always leads to suspicion and distrust and erodes the relationship between government and the people in ways that harm progress. The city […]

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    Budget Agreement includes funds to expand Opportunity Scholarships

    Posted in Civitas Review, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged ,

    School choice advocates are holding their breath. The new budget agreement now under consideration by the House and Senate provides modest funds to help expand the Opportunity Scholarship Grant program in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Under the agreement, funding would expand from $10.8 million to $17.6 million this year and to $24.8 million in 2016-17. Opportunity […]

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