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Schools push the numbers
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Schools push the numbers

BY T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH -- In the fight over school funding in Wake, there are a few things that are not debatable. The Wake County school system has higher test scores than the other large school districts in the state - Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Cumberland counties - yet spends less per student in its operating budget than nearly all of them. Wake also is a wealthy county, by North Carolina standards, with a low property-tax rate and a greater ability to pay than nearly any other community.

05/27/2001
Citizens and school taxes: form a new study committee
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Citizens and school taxes: form a new study committee

BY CHUCK FULLER

The Wake County school board proposed another property tax increase just 92 days after voters gave them permission to spend over $ 500 million to build new schools.

05/26/2001
Suit over Easley ads returns to court
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Suit over Easley ads returns to court

A lawsuit over the controversial public service announcements Gov. Mike Easley aired as attorney general was back in court Tuesday as lawyers argued over whether it should go forward. A lawyer for Chuck Fuller, vice president for public affairs of N.C. Citizens for a Sound Economy, argued to the state Court of Appeals that a judge's order last year dismissing the group's suit against Easley failed to give a specific reason why the suit was being tossed out.

05/23/2001
Medicaid director is retiring
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Medicaid director is retiring

BY Rob Christensen

Dick Perruzzi, director of the state's Medicaid program for 23 years, will retire at the end of July, according to an internal memo sent out Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Carmen Hooker Buell. Perruzzi had planned to retire last fall, but was asked to stay on through the end of former Gov. Jim Hunt's term. When Gov. Mike Easley took over in January, Perruzzi again was asked to stay aboard - this time, through the spring and the passage of a new budget, he said.

05/11/2001
Wake school budget critics give alternative
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Wake school budget critics give alternative

BY T. KEUNG HUI

RALEIGH -- Conservative critics presented an alternative Wake County school budget Thursday that they said would meet classroom needs without requiring a property-tax increase. The proposal was made in response to the Wake school system's request for a 5-cent tax-rate increase. The counterproposal, developed by the John Locke Foundation for N.C. Citizens For A Sound Economy, called for millions in savings in non-instructional services and transferring non-teaching funding into money for teachers.

05/04/2001
Phone tax plan wins support
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Phone tax plan wins support

BY Lynn Bonner

A bill that would tax all telephone calls at the same 4.5 percent rate won bipartisan support in the state House on Tuesday despite protests that it would be an unfair burden on big businesses and members of rural telephone cooperatives.

04/11/2001
Campaign finance inflation
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Campaign finance inflation

BY Rah Bickley

Raleigh old-timers remember when it cost only $ 5 to file to run for City Council. Actually, relative newcomers probably remember, too, because that is how much it cost until Tuesday. That is when the Raleigh City Council voted to increase the filing fee to $ 100 for candidates for mayor and council. Requiring candidates to spend more than they would for a burger and fries should produce a more thoughtful stable of office-seekers, said Councilman John Odom.

04/07/2001
Panel's tax plan trims fat
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Panel's tax plan trims fat

BY Wade Rawlins

A commission appointed by Gov. Mike Easley to study tax loopholes and government cost-saving measures delivered a list of tax code changes Friday that eventually would produce more than $ 200 million a year in revenue and possibly millions more in savings. The Commission on Efficiency and Loophole Closing also shifted some of the pain of the tax changes away from consumers and back to corporations, rewriting an earlier list of recommendations that would have saddled individuals with more of the new taxes.

04/07/2001
Mayor Lang's Tactics Provoke Miner Tantrum
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Mayor Lang's Tactics Provoke Miner Tantrum

BY Sarah Lindenfeld

Last week, state Rep. David Miner, a Cary Republican, laced into Cary leaders for persuading Sen. Wib Gulley, a Durham Democrat, to introduce several bills for them, mostly requests for permission to charge developers various new impact fees. "He (Mayor Glen Lang) can't get anyone in the Wake delegation to introduce these bills, so he gets a Durham senator," Miner said. "This is extremely unprofessional, sloppy and at the very least disrespectful. It's a classic case of how you don't do business around here."

03/31/2001
Schools Seek More Funding to Meet Goal
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Schools Seek More Funding to Meet Goal

BY T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH -- Wake County school officials want taxpayers to come up with an additional $ 93.8 million over the next three years to help students reach ambitious performance goals.

03/12/2001

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