Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Popular Government Vol. 48 Issue 2, Fall 1982
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Several court cases raised public scrutiny of growing state government and the apparent convergence of different government branches. The Bone Case highlighted the problem with the appointment of state officials to a newly amended state environmental law. Using this example, the author reviews the three branches of government and whether there is a constitutionally sound separation between these.
Between 1975 and 1981, legislation concerning personnel files changed to redefine the term, what information was retained in these files, and who had access to these file. These alterations applied to county and municipal records only and not state-wide. Differences in personnel files between local and state government are outlined within this article.
In this article, 16 to 19 year old high school drop-outs defines the youth demographic and nationally the average unemployment rate for this group rose through the 1970s into the early 1980s. The state's unemployed youth is compared with the national trend and examined to determine negative repercussions for North Carolina's economy and workforce.
In 1982, the state was one of only four without legislative measures against local and state taxation and spending, a trend which began with California's 1978 Proposition 13. The article provides an analysis of both current and historical spending within the state. Nine tables break down statistics specific to how much and where government spending goes and compares these numbers with the nation and other southeastern states.
Personal income tax accounted for 38 percent of the state's tax revenue in the early 1980s. Local level programs relied heavily on income tax for funding, so much so that the state was in the top seven nationwide. The author presents statewide personal income tax statistics with national averages to show how much revenue is generated, where it comes from, and how these numbers rank with other states.