House committee considers funding formula task force legislation Government

The House K-12 Education Committee considered legislation Tuesday that would create a task force to look at the possibility of changing the way education funds are distributed in the state.  The idea was originally broached in a Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, which met prior to the long session. The draft legislation that came out of that committee would have formed a task force to consider changing the current funding formula from one that relies on allotments to one that is determined using a weighted-student formula. … Full story »

A new public policy season Government

Now that lawmakers are back at work, what will be the top priorities? And what will be the biggest challenges? Panelists include Joe Stewart, Executive Director, NC FreeEnterprise Foundation; Mebane Rash, CEO, EdNC and NC Center for Public Policy Research; Andy Brack, Publisher, Statehouse Report; and Ashley Landess, President, South Carolina Policy Council.… Full story »

Redistricting reform brings diverse groups and policymakers together Government

A press conference this morning brought together a diverse group of organizations, including the John Locke Foundation and the N.C. Justice Center, as well as Republican and Democrat lawmakers. They were all arguing for redistricting reform.   This is not a new issue in North Carolina, and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research has been conducting research on redistricting for decades.… Full story »

Understanding the election and the politics of othering Government

The election results are clear. People across North Carolina feel othered across any number of dividing lines. And we need them to feel tethered to a state they are proud to call home. Lesson learned. In the weeks leading up to the election, in speeches to groups like Teach for America’s Rural School Leaders Academy, I asked audiences to forget.… Full story »

Visualizing the NCGA Rankings Government Rankings

Some people like to visualize data, so we created maps from our recent report showing the rankings of effectiveness, attendance, and roll call voting participation for the members of the North Carolina General Assembly.   Scroll over a dot to see a legislator’s ranking, click on the party name to show rankings by party, and use the dropdown menus to switch between effectiveness, attendance, and voting rankings.  … Full story »

Some of Most Effective NC Legislators in Both Parties Won’t Be Back Government Rankings

With a supermajority of more than 60 percent in the state legislature, Republicans dominate the top spots in the new rankings of legislators’ effectiveness released today by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.  President Pro Tem of the Senate Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) rank first in their respective houses.  … Full story »

Rankings of Effectiveness, Attendance and Roll Call Voting Participation for the North Carolina General Assembly Released Government Rankings

Today, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research releases its biennial report Rankings of Effectiveness, Attendance, and Roll Call Voting Participation for the North Carolina General Assembly.   “The rankings of attendance and voting participation tell citizens how often their legislator was there to represent them. The effectiveness rankings tell citizens how effective their legislator was when he or she was there.” This year’s rankings mark the 20th time the Center has undertaken this comprehensive survey. … Full story »