Ineptocracy

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

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Click here to read: The Constitution, Vattel, and “Natural Born Citizen”: What Our Framers Knew on Publius-Huldah’s Blog.

An act to establish an uniform Rule Of Naturalization is unconstitutional as “natural born Citizen” is a statement within our Constitution, and therefore requires a Constitutional Amendment to change.

The HIll’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: White House unveils reg priorities May 21, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The Obama Administration unveiled its semiannual regulatory agenda on Thursday, detailing the rules that federal agencies will make top priorities in the next year.

The White House is notorious for releasing the administration’s Unified Agenda on the cusp of a holiday when most people are headed out of town to celebrate the long weekend. The release of the spring 2015 edition was no exception, coming one day before the long Memorial Day weekend.

The lion’s share of the actions appear to be regulatory holdovers from previous agendas, as the administration works to finalize as many of the rules currently in the pipeline as possible before Obama leaves office.

The Environmental Protection Agency listed an August deadline to finalize its carbon emission regulations for existing power plants and the Food and Drug Administration has given itself until June to issue its deeming regulations for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new safety standards for off-road vehicles are on track to be finalized by September. The new requirements are expected to include lateral stability measures, vehicle handling requirements, and speed controls to keep vehicles from rolling over and crushing their drivers.

The administration, however, declined to add some proposals to its to-do list, despite pressure from outside groups. For instance, a proposal from financial reform advocates for regulations requiring corporations to disclose their political spending did not make the cut at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The measure was included on the agency’s 2013 agenda but later abandoned amid fierce pressure from business groups and congressional Republicans. Groups had renewed their calls for the SEC to revisit proposal, but the item does not appear on the agency’s 2015 plan.

Proponents of stronger health and safety rules cheered the release as evidence that the administration remains committed to finishing the work

“We are glad to see that the spring Unified Agenda includes so many important health, safety, and financial security protections,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. “Too often, the release of this agenda is seen as a negative ­­- and the idea that regulations are somehow by their nature problematic is raised by corporate interests. The release of the agenda is a good moment to reflect on the importance of implementing the laws intended to protect the public via regulation.” http://bit.ly/1JEBQ5z

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Do we need the Export – Import Bank?

11143342_1127470300600167_8229204290019962139_nInvestor’s Business – Jim DeMint: Ex-Im Bank Is Crony Capitalism Run Amok

here are two types of businesses: successful ones that don’t need financial assistance from the government, and unsuccessful ones that don’t deserve it.

Those lucky enough to have foreign deals backed by the Export-Import Bank fall almost entirely in the first group. They don’t need the help, but they’ll take all the favors they can get.

Only 2% of American exports get this kind of subsidy from the government, and over time, those special taxpayer-funded favors can mean hundreds of millions in additional profit to those lucky few corporations.

As for the others, they’re left to compete at a disadvantage. That’s not opportunity for all; it’s favoritism for a few politically connected cronies.

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Bipartisan Dredging Bill Passes in the Senate

org inlPRESS RELEASE – Senator Bill Cook – NC District 1

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, passed Senate Bill 160 (Enhance Safety & Commerce for Ports/Inlets), legislation that addresses the issue of open and navigable channels at the state’s inlets and ports. Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1), Senator Harry Brown (R-District 6), and Senator Michael V. Lee (R-District 9) are the primary sponsors of the legislation. The Senate passed SB 160 in a bipartisan vote, 43-1, and it has been sent to the House.

“Our inlets and ports are avenues of commerce for our state. This bill will protect and enhance that commerce,” Cook said.

This legislation would transfer $6 million from an unappropriated fund in the Department of Commerce to the Shallow Draft Navigational Channel Dredging and Lake Maintenance Fund. It reserves $4 million of that appropriation for Oregon Inlet dredging, which must be matched 1 to 1 by non-state dollars.

Other funds are reserved for provisions related to the Department of Administration (DOA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The bill appropriates $750,000 to DOA for the Department can retain counsel and prepare to meet the deadlines required in state statute for the long term solution of Oregon Inlet. The bill also appropriates $150,000 to reimburse DOA for its costs associated with exploring options for acquiring Oregon Inlet and the adjacent real property.

“When a port is allowed to become too shallow – ships are forced to light load, which means they cannot get sufficient quantities of their product to market. When inlets are allowed to become too shallow – fishermen and boat builders cannot get to the ocean,” Cook said.

The bill establishes a Deep Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Maintenance Fund. Appropriations from this fund will be used for projects that provide safe and efficient navigational access to our state ports. In addition, state funds provided to this fund will be cost shared on a one-to one basis with funds from the State Port Authority.

The Department of Administration is requested to negotiate with the federal government to acquire the federally owned property needed to manage deep draft navigation channels at the Morehead City State Port facilities in trade for state-owned real property.

“The federal government has rarely achieved the authorized depth and width of several North Carolina navigation channels in the last decade, and if and when achieved, it was very short lived,” Cook said. “Therefore, attempts are proceeding to put together state and local funding in the short term to fill the obligation, which is ultimately a federal responsibility in order to avoid a complete navigation shutdown at our waterways.”

The legislation would enact a coastal waterway user identification number to be displayed on the bow of 24 foot and larger vessels, which operate in coastal waters of our state. The funds generated from this fee will be placed into the Shallow Draft Inlet Dredging Fund. In addition, the legislation directs the Coastal Resource Commission to amend its rules for the use of temporary erosion control structures in certain situations.

Included in the legislation will allow Dare County to use up to $3 million each year from its Occupancy Tax collections to maintain its waterways. Lastly, this bill allows all coastal municipalities and county governments to remove abandoned vessels from their navigable waters.

“The Oregon Inlet under the Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks was recently closed. All too often, the inlet has been closed more than 25% of the time in recent years. A recent May 2014 economic study indicated an annual economic impact of 4,348 jobs and $548.4 million to the State of North Carolina annually,” Cook said. “Additionally, the study showed that if the inlet was passable 365 days a year, the total annual economic impact could reach $1.5 billion. This bill will enable North Carolina to keep her inlets open.”

Solar Waste

solar_panels wasteThe Blaze – Those who prefer to wait on “green energy” alternatives until they can compete on the free market without taxpayer assistance likely already know the drawbacks of the new technology: it is costly, inefficient, and in some cases, poses more harm to the environment than conventional energy sources.

It’s unlikely you’ll hear that from anyone in the media outside of Fox News or talk radio, though — until now. On Saturday, the Associated Press published a lengthy, definitive piece on the “hazardous waste” created as a result of solar energy.

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Meadows, Walker: The Fight to End Trafficking Takes a Crucial Step Forward

bcgop-exe-8-25-26-18On Tuesday, the House passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S.178), a sweeping piece of legislation aimed at combating human trafficking in the United States.

Included in the bill is the language of the Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (H.R. 460), originally introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) in the 113th Congress and championed by Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) in the 114th. Meadows and Walker released the following statement on the bill’s passage:

“I commend the House for passing this critical piece of legislation, which will go a long way in eradicating human trafficking. We have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to end modern day slavery, and this bill is an important step. It’s almost hard to believe that human trafficking takes place in 21st century America, but we must remain vigilant and remember that no community is immune. I’m grateful to Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) for his leadership on this incredibly important issue,” Rep. Meadows said.  

“Human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices of our time, and it is happening in our own backyard. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and non-profit groups—such as North Carolina’s Sixth District’s Alamance for Freedom and World Relief High Point – are on the front lines of this battle, and they are pleading for our help,” said Rep. Walker.  He added, “In Congress, we hear your pleas and we hear the voices of those trapped in this evil of modern-day slavery. I am proud of the actions of Congress today, taking this vital step to save these precious individuals from years of abuse and sending these important bills to the President’s desk to finally become law.”

The Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (H.R. 460) works to effectively train and inform Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel to better detect and intercept human traffickers and their victims. This bill passed the House last Congress without opposition, and passed unanimously again in the House this past January. Rep. Walker’s legislation was included as an amendment offered by Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178). The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act includes nine additional human trafficking bills passed by the House in January.

Rep. Meadows’ Statement on Duke Energy’s Investment in Asheville Plant

bcgop-exe-8-25-26-19Duke Energy announced its plans on Tuesday to invest $1.1 billion to retire the Asheville coal plant and build a new state-of-the-art natural gas plant and solar installation in its place. The 376-megawatt Asheville coal plant will be retired over the next four to five years and replaced with a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, and solar installation. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) praised Duke Energy’s investment in Asheville:

“Thank you to Duke Energy for its generous and forward-looking investment in the community of Asheville. This plan is a win for both customers and the environment. Projections show that the natural gas plant will be significantly less expensive to operate over time than the current coal plant, ultimately saving money for customers in North Carolina and Northern South Carolina. Duke Energy continues to be a leading innovator in the field of sustainable energy and I am grateful they chose to invest in our community. This investment will provide reliable, clean, and safe energy and contribute greatly to economic growth in our region. Duke Energy’s investment is confirmation that the future of Western North Carolina is bright indeed,” Congressman Meadows said

House Passes National Defense Bill with Kelly Amendment to Ban Funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty

2ndAmendment_s640x427Kelly.House.gov – Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which fully funds the United States Armed Forces and ensures that American troops have all the resources required to successfully defend the homeland and achieve their missions abroad. The legislation once again included an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The amendment is the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.

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This Program Epitomizes Waste and Favoritism. Lawmakers Now Have a Chance to Repeal It.

cat fishThe Daily Signal – Do legislators truly care about waste and cronyism?

We may get a chance to see how serious (or not) legislators are about these issues if the Senate takes up an amendment to repeal the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s catfish inspection program as part of its consideration of the trade promotion bill.

Admittedly, it’s easy to think the issue is not that big of a deal and maybe even amusing. But this program is the epitome of waste, trade protectionism and favoritism for a narrow special interest at the expense of the public.

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for inspecting both domestic and imported seafood. But in the 2008 farm bill, a special exception was created that requires the Department of Agriculture to inspect catfish. The program, which the department has estimated will cost about $14 million annually, will impose costly duplication because facilities that process seafood, including catfish, will be required to comply with regulations of both agencies. A final rule implementing the program could be published anytime.

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Small Business Left With ‘Bitter Taste’ After Deal With Export-Import Bank Goes Sour

US-ExportImportBank-Seal2The Daily Signal –

For Induction Innovations of Elgin, Ill., the services provided by the Export-Import Bank seemed perfect for a small business. But after purchasing an insurance policy to protect its exports, the company of just 29 employees found itself left with a “bitter taste” from the bank after an overseas buyer failed to pay.

“It was not good,” Mig Moorhatch, Induction Innovations’ office manager, told The Daily Signal in an interview. “When we needed [the bank] to stand behind us, it didn’t.”

Induction Innovations sells induction heating tools and equipment to automotive professionals. The company first heard of the Export-Import Bank’s services at a business roundtable, where a broker explained to those in attendance how the agency could help businesses expand into overseas markets and increase sales.

The company’s management was skeptical at first. But, an agent working with Induction Innovations reassured them Ex-Im would be a boon to their business. It was, after all, part of the U.S. government, and the insurance policy the company was looking at purchasing through Ex-Im would help them move into new markets.

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House Would Spend Nearly $1 Billion More than McCrory

nc budgetCarolina Journal – The General Fund budget proposal released Monday by GOP state House leaders for the two-year budget cycle starting July 1 would increase spending by nearly $1 billion more than the increase recommended in March by Gov. Pat McCrory, a fellow Republican.

The proposal received a chilly reception by fiscal conservatives and is likely to face major revisions in the GOP-led Senate. It’s also unclear how much of the $44.6 billion two-year spending plan will survive votes at a Tuesday meeting of the Appropriations Committee before reaching the full chamber for a vote that could happen Wednesday.

The House plan would spend $22.2 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year, 6.3 percent more than the $20.8 billion base budget figure; in the 2016-17 fiscal year, spending would rise to $22.4 billion. McCrory proposed a General Fund budget of $43.7 billion over the two-year cycle.

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The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Lawmakers confront FDA over calorie counts May 18, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing major blowback on Capitol Hill over a controversial ObamaCare rule that requires restaurants to list the number of calories in the foods they sell.

The menu labeling requirements, set to take effect in December, are being scrutinized by dozens of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, setting up a showdown between Congress and the Obama administration.

A group of 32 senators is demanding that acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff delay the rules until after the 2016 presidential election, which could give a Republican president the opportunity to block the rules altogether.

The top two senators on the health committee, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), are leading the effort to get the FDA to delay the rules by one year.

The senators say food establishments “will need appropriate time to budget and plan accordingly to meet the rule’s requirements to provide nutrition information to consumers that is understandable and clear,” in a letter sent Friday to Ostroff.

“While we recognize the benefit of improved access to nutritional information for consumers, we are concerned that the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the agency will make it difficult, confusing, and burdensome for businesses, particularly smaller businesses,” the senators write.

Their letter comes after Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) introduced legislation last month in the House that would chip away at the menu labeling requirements.

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act would exempt most food establishments other than restaurants by making sure the menu labeling requirements only apply to companies that make more than 50 percent of their revenue from selling prepared foods. The legislation has 15 co-sponsors, most of whom are Republicans.

“Think about it this way: For companies like Domino’s Pizza, every potential toppings combination — well over 5 million options would have to be calculated and publicized,” Rodgers said last month while introducing the bill. “This requirement simply is not workable.”

The menu labeling requirements would be a dramatic shift for not only the restaurant industry, but also grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, entertainment venues, movie theaters, amusement parks, bowling alleys, miniature golf courses, and other businesses that sell “restaurant-like” food.

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The US Navy just turned seawater into fuel

USNBusiness Insider – Last month the Navy Research Lab powered a radio-controlled P-51 model using a “gas to liquid” process that takes seawater and turns it into fuel.

According to a jargon-rich NRL press release, the process goes something like this: An innovative and proprietary NRL electrolytic cation exchange module (E-CEM), both dissolved and bound CO2 are removed from seawater at 92 percent efficiency by re-equilibrating carbonate and bicarbonate to CO2 and simultaneously producing H2.

The gases are then converted to liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system.

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States stepping in to deny excessive regulation by local governments

gI_72410_bad-regulationsAmerican Thinker – Increasingly over the last few years, state governments are passing laws that prevent local governments from over-regulating some businesses. Local bans on plastic bags, minimum wage laws that conflict with the state standard, and other legislation that makes local businesses uncompetitive have been targeted by state legislatures.

In capitols across the country, businesses are increasingly using their clout to back laws prohibiting cities and counties from doing things that might affect their ability to make money.

In the past five years, roughly a dozen states have enacted laws barring local governments from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The number of states banning local minimum wages has grown to 15. And while oil-rich states such as Texas and Oklahoma are pursuing bills banning local restrictions on drilling, other states where agriculture is big business have been banning local limitations on the types of seeds sown for crops.

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Ratifying the 14th Amendment, By Mike Scruggs

14thamendmentAThe Poison Fruit of Crooked Politics

Principled and thoughtful legislative law is the indispensible tool of a just and orderly society. Like all good and necessary tools of government, however, unless kept within the bounds of sound reason and just moral principles, law can become tyranny. Laws must be fair, and because consistency is an important factor in fairness, good laws must consider the precedence set by past laws, judicial rulings, and enforcement. Good laws must also carefully consider the immediate and future consequences for society as a whole. Good law must not favor one industry, region, or class of people over others. Societies cannot provide the order, security, and justice necessary to thrive unless truth is highly regarded and its laws are respected. This is especially true of Articles and Amendments to Constitutional law.

Good law is an enormous blessing to society, but bad law is an evil that can continue to inflict and multiply folly, injustice, and tyranny on a people for generations. The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, effective July 9, 1868, using villainous manipulations of parliamentary process, duress against States, and other egregious violations of Article 5 of the Constitution governing amendments to the Constitution. While not every line, phrase, or intent of the Amendment is evil or useless, the despotic and unlawful methods of its passage and the heavy influence of vengeance, greed, crookedness, and conniving for partisan political power should be enough to demand its invalidation. It is extremely important that our legislators and our people honor the Constitution, but as the reader will learn, many of the motives and the dishonest and unlawful methods surrounding “ratification” of the Fourteenth Amendment were disgraceful and completely contradictory to the ideals of just and limited government envisioned by the framers of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights embodied in the first ten amendments, and the Declaration of Independence. It should not be surprising that the Fourteenth Amendment has been a primary tool for Federal tyranny against the States and the people.

One destructive legacy of the Fourteenth Amendment has been “birthright citizenship,” currently interpreted as giving automatic citizenship to more than 300,000 children of illegal immigrant parents every year. We may be the last country in the world that tolerates such abuse of our immigration system, social-welfare programs, and taxpayers.

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Reports question NC’s voting rights efforts

voting_boothThe News & Observer – Newly analyzed data raise questions about whether state agencies are failing to register voters, as they are required to do by federal law.

One report found 261 voters who had registered at state Division of Motor Vehicles offices were given provisional ballots because poll workers couldn’t find a record of their registrations. Another analysis shows a drop of 30,000 voter registrations at public assistance agencies.

Taken together, the possible breakdown in registration has alarmed voting-rights advocates. One public policy group, the New York-based Demos, has given the state formal notice that it will sue if North Carolina agencies don’t begin complying with federal law within 90 days.

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Obama Administration’s Regulations Cost Americans $80 Billion a Year

Obama-laughingThe Daily Signal – What do restaurant menus, refrigerators, community banks and escalators have in common? All were subjected to yet more federal regulation last year.

No fewer than 184 “major” new rules have been imposed since the start of the Obama administration, costing Americans about $80 billion per year in additional regulatory costs. And many more regulations are on the way. Another 126 such rules are on the administration’s agenda, such as directives to farmers for growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables; strict limits on credit access for service members; and another redesign of light bulbs.

A new Heritage Foundation study found that in 2014, red tape entangled virtually every aspect of American life. The largest single area was financial services, which has been inundated with hundreds of new regulations as a result of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law. The full effects of the act have yet to be felt, but its restrictions are already crippling community banks and increasing consumers’ banking costs, while doing little to reduce the threat of bailouts.

Energy use was also a favorite target for regulators last year. New “efficiency” rules imposed on everything from ice cream coolers and cellphone adapters to the electric motors that power escalators.

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The FDA does something right for once, approves first biosimilar

FDA-ApprovedWatchdog.org – High health care costs are one of those problems that everybody recognizes, and the high cost of pharmaceuticals is a significant contributor to it. The intensive regulatory process drugs have to go through before being approved not only raises prices for consumers, but keeps potentially life-saving medicine off the market for years at a time, even when similar drugs have been approved in Europe, where the regulatory process is different.

A prime example of this involved complex drugs known as “biosimilars,” which are essentially lower-cost copies of proprietary drugs made from living cells. Biosimilars are basically equivalent to a generic version of a brand name drug produced after the original patent runs out.

Unlike conventional medicines made from simple chemical compounds, the living component introduces new complexities into the types of testing required by the Food and Drug Administration. While the FDA had previously approved certain biologic drugs, the manufacturing process was held to be too complex to allow generic versions to enter the market.

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What Would James Madison Do?

james-madison-2The Washington Free Beacon – Charles Murray’s By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission is an important book that advocates of constitutional government should consider carefully. While Murray overstates the case, his book articulates a novel argument, replete with insights on the nature of political corruption and how to fight it.

Murray’s book attempts two tasks. First, it argues that the federal state has become overbearing. During the New Deal era, Murray claims, the feds managed a remarkable inversion: whereas once the government was only able to do what the Constitution authorized, it can now do anything that it does not specifically forbid. In many cases, the government does what is explicitly forbidden anyway. Murray details how our judicial and regulatory systems are capricious, vindictive, and even lawless—harassing average citizens with an endless stream of unintelligible regulations backed by costly, unpredictable enforcement.

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Int’l Tests Show U.S. Students Poor in Math, Civics, Literacy

The New American – The recent flurry of test results on how American students are faring in school has resulted in much commentary decrying their dismal performance compared to their international peers.

The PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics compared the performance of 15-year-old students among 65 countries, including all 34 member countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and confirmed what was already widely known: U.S. students are nowhere near the top in math, science, or literacy. Twenty-nine educational systems turn out better students than does the United States in mathematics, while students in 22 systems were more capable in science than were U.S. students. In reading literacy 19 educational systems turned out more skilled students than the U.S. public school system.

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Friday Interview: Alternatives to the Four-Year College Plan

Carolina Journal – Tuition keeps rising, yet millions of young people continue to pursue college degrees. Defenders of a traditional degree say it’s the gateway to a successful career and life, and they bristle at any criticism of the system. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? George Leef, director of research for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, addressed that question during a conversation with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. (Click here to find a station near you or to learn about the weekly CJ Radio podcast.)

Martinez: Why does college tuition keep going up?

Leef: It keeps going up because of two factors. The government keeps making it easier and easier for students to get money. Loans are easier than ever to get, and you can get more money. Grants keep going up. Pell grant keep going up. That’s one factor. The government throws money into people’s pockets and says, “You can spend this money on college education at approved colleges.”

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House Leaders Flummoxed Over Ed Reform Bill

unhappyCarolina Journal – Two of the state’s most powerful lawmakers are perplexed that their education reform bill passed unanimously in the House but immediately was assigned to the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, a graveyard for legislation.

“We were kind of surprised because of that. It was a 117-0 vote,” said Gregg Sinders, spokesman for Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, one of the primary sponsors of House Bill 587, the School Flexibility Act.

Stam is House speaker pro tem, the second-highest ranking post in the chamber. Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, also is a primary sponsor of the bill.

Among other things, the bill would authorize school districts to convert low-performing traditional schools into facilities operated similar to charter schools. It would allow qualified individuals who have professional experience but lack a teacher license to teach at traditional public schools using an “emergency” license while completing the necessary certification to get a full teaching license.

And the bill would require the state Department of Public Instruction to inform school superintendents of budget flexibility they might not know they possess.

“We were disappointed to see it get assigned to Ways and Means. We were hoping it went to Rules, and we could have conversations, and we’re still hopeful those conversations can exist,” Sinders said.

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