A little truth goes a long way:
Myth No. 7: North Carolina was no longer an attractive state because of high taxes.
Not according to the moving companies. The 2012 United Van Lines Migration Study found that North Carolina was the fourth highest destination for moves, following the District of Columbia, Oregon and Nevada. North Carolina has been growing at twice the national average. During the first decade of this century, only the states of Nevada and Texas grew faster than North Carolina, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
No doubt Republican propagandists are steaming in their shells over this article, since they've gone to great pains to paint a different picture. But a lot of this is simply common sense. Everybody knows North Carolina's population has been growing at a freakish pace for the last decade or so, and a lot of those families have school-aged children:
Myth No. 4: N.C. spending on public education is at an all-time high.
Actually, spending for secondary and elementary schools is less than it was five years ago, despite an increase in enrollment. The legislature appropriated $7.8 billion for the public schools this summer, less than the $7.9 billion than was appropriated during the 2008-2009 school year. The legislature did increase school spending $361 million over the previous year. Because of the recession, school spending was cut back several years, going from $7.9 billion in 2008-09 to $7.4 billion in 2009-10, to $7 billion in 2010-11, to $7.5 billion 2012-13, according to state budget documents.
Also common sense. Both parties have balked at raising the revenues needed to properly fund education, but the Republicans have doubled-down on this stupidity by siphoning off critical funding for their private/charter school boondoggles.