Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Senate leaders’ appalling definition of “more than fair”

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89—number of days since state Senate passed Senate Bill 607 that included a so-called “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” constitutional amendment which would artificially limit state spending based on a flawed formula involving inflation and population growth (“Latest proposal in budget debate would lock in harmful policy choices,” Progressive Pulse, August 16, 2015)

128—number of days until North Carolina will decide the fate of a $2 billion bond package that will pay for projects at universities, community colleges, state parks, and local communities.(“McCrory’s signature launches $2 billion NC bond campaign,” News & Observer, October 21, 2015)

9—number of days before the Senate vote on TABOR that State Treasurer Janet Cowell said the TABOR amendment could threaten North Carolina’s AAA bond rating (“Treasurer worries bill could threaten state’s credit rating, WRAL-TV, August 7, 2015)

0—number of days since conservative think tank said North Carolina voters should “lock in conservative reforms” by adopting TABOR in March (“Keep the positive change with the Taxpayer Protection Act, Carolina Partnership for Reform, November 9, 2015)

43—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher pay (“TABOR would guarantee a permanent place at the bottom for North Carolina, Progressive Pulse, August 26, 2015)

1—rank of North Carolina among the states for the largest decline in average teacher salaries from 2003-2004 to 2013-2014 (Ibid)

41—rank of North Carolina among in change in spending per student at 4-yr public universities since 2008(Ibid)

23—number of years since Colorado adopted a similar TABOR amendment to arbitrarily limit state investments in education, health care, criminal justice and environmental protections (“Policy Basics: Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR),” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 15, 2013)

30—number of states since 2004 that have considered a similar TABOR amendment (Ibid)

5—number of states since 2004 that have put a similar TABOR on the ballot for voter approval (Florida, Maine, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington) (Ibid)

5—number of five states with TABOR amendment on the ballot where it was rejected by voters (Ibid)

0—total number of states since 2004 that have adopted a TABOR amendment (Ibid)

35—rank of Colorado in K-12 spending as a percentage of personal income before TABOR limits were adopted (Ibid)

49—rank of Colorado in K-12 spending as a percentage of personal income after TABOR limits were in place(Ibid)

35—rank of Colorado in college and university funding as a share of personal income before TABOR limits were in place (Ibid)

48—rank of Colorado in college and university funding as a share of personal income after TABOR limits were in place (Ibid)

100—percentage increase in the share of low-income children in the Colorado who lack health insurance since TABOR limits were in place (Ibid)

50—rank of Colorado in share of low-income children in the Colorado who lacked health insurance after TABOR limits were in place (Ibid)

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of NC Policy Watch, writes the daily Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts “News and Views,” a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
chris@ncpolicywatch.com

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