Salisbury heads back to the trough.

It must be nice.  Blow through all of your money.  Make really bad decisions.  And you can simply run to your neighbors for MORE MONEY. It happens every month at the state’s Local Government Commission.  Local governments strapped for cash run to Raleigh for low-interest, long-term “loans” from the state (meaning us). You may or may not have heard about the city of Salisbury’s disastrous flirtation with municipal wi-fi: Bleeding money, unable to sign up enough subscribers, and incapable of investing in new technology to attract users, Salisbury’s beleaguered municipal broadband service is about to be leased to a private firm….

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#ncpol: Takin’ care of business.

The Raleigh establishment raved about Democrats Richard Moore and Janet Cowell during their respective tenures in the state treasurer’s office.  Current treasurer Dale Folwell has been quietly slaving away, during his short time in  office, to clean up the mess those two left him. Folwell discovered a loophole that allows public officials, convicted of a crime while in office, to still draw their pension funds upon leaving office.  The treasurer is asking the honorables on Jones Street to shut that down post-haste.  We told you earlier about plans to put us deeper in debt.  Folwell is demanding public votes on…

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Folwell weeds out some freeloaders

Our rookie state treasurer has really turned into one of the few conservative bright spots in Raleigh. The work he’s done since January 2017 makes you wonder what Janet Cowell and those other Democrats who preceded him were doing: More than 600 people were just kicked off the State Health Plan. North Carolina officials said the recipients shouldn’t have been getting the taxpayer-funded insurance benefits. When Dale Folwell took over as state treasurer in 2017, one of the first things he did was begin an audit into the State Health Plan, which provides health care benefits for about 730,000 state…

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Sex Week! (*Um, yay?*)

Cookies & Condoms. “F*** like your life depends on it.”  A stage production of “Tales from ‘Down There.’ ”   Mark your calendars.  These and other scholarly offerings will be part of UNC-Charlotte’s first annual “Sex Week” this February. Once again, the University of North Carolina is illustrating: (1) how, um, wisely they are using OUR money, and (2) just why our young skulls of mush are falling so far and fast behind the Koreans, the Indians, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, the Taiwanese, the Singaporeans …. Oh, and let’s not forget the seminar on the “stigma” of “slut shaming”.  …

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Gettin’ $$$ PAID $$$ (workin’ for the state)

Every time I hear stories like this, my level of sympathy for “the poor, poor state employees” drops another three notches. (*It’s been FIVE MINUTES since they got a bonus or a salary increase!*): North Carolina has billions of dollars invested in stocks, bonds and more – but it needs someone to decide what to do with all that money. The state’s $94 billion pension plan is responsible for making sure retired teachers, cops and other government workers are taken care of. It has been without a permanent leader since July, when the chief investment officer at the state treasurer’s…

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What’s that I hear? (A bombshell?)

We have had something quite interesting dropped in our lap by some folks in some very interesting quarters. IF it holds up to its advance billing, it should –upon its appearance on our front page – ruin Governor Cooper’s first days in office and quite possibly bring a major state government institution to its knees. (Happy New Year, y’all.) 

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The sky is falling! (in 100 years)

THAT is the snake oil Rob n’ Chris’s krazy krew  is pitching:  North Carolina is wilting. On 60 days — two-thirds of the summer — Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded above-average temperatures, according to Weather Underground.  In the Triangle, 17 of those days have topped 95-plus. This summer is still cooler than  2010, when the airport set a record for the most days of 90 or above, and 2011, when records fell for the most consecutive days of 100 or higher temperatures. These trends could be a dress rehearsal for the end of the century, when a 90-degree day might seem, well, brisk. So how should you dress…

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#ncpol: Solvent, man. SOL-VENT.

For those on the left who want to make the case that the Republicans tossed our state in a hole over the last few years, I humbly yield to the findings of the good folks at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center:  The financial health of each state can be analyzed through the states’ own audited financial reports. By looking at states’ basic financial statistics on revenues, expenditures, cash, assets, lia­bilities, and debt, states may be ranked according to how easily they will be able to cover short-term and long-term bills, including pension obligations. This ranking of the 50 states and…

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Monkey Business Report: Getting filthy rich on the public’s dime

I am usually not one to play the class warfare game.  If you work hard and make it big — GOOD for you. If you can negotiate yourself a contract with a killer payoff — GOOD for you.  However, I do have a problem with people who jump into government service, stay there forever, and work with their cronies to fix the system so they can get filthy rich AT OUR EXPENSE.   The N&O’s Dan Kane has excavated some more state government monkey business vís – a – vís  public employee pensions: Some of the state’s highest-paid government retirees…

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#ncga: A ploy to ratchet up state spending?

  I stumbled across something interesting yesterday while nosing through cyberspace.  State Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) released some documentation for the legislature’s Revenue Laws Committee meeting yesterday.  (Even though they are out of session, the “honorables” are still poking around and making mischief.)  As you may have noticed, one of the documents was  a pdf entitled “Local Government Functions.”  Click on that link and you find a presentation compiled by someone from the UNC School of Government.  Here are some of the more interesting tidbits contained in the file: For 2012-13, North Carolina county governments took in a grand total…

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