Here at the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, we want to put the public back in public policy. We’re introducing a new initiative called “AskNC.”

Have you ever wondered why North Carolina’s legislature has a long session and a short session? Why North Carolina uses lottery money to fund education? Or why the Eastern box turtle is the state reptile of North Carolina?

With AskNC, we want to help you find answers to your questions, to help you understand how North Carolina works and why our state is the way it is.

Our latest AskNC piece: What percentage of lottery money goes to education?

Here’s how it works:

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So, what do you want to know about North Carolina’s politics, policy, and government? Ask your questions below. Please note that questions may be edited for clarity.

AskNC: How many people die in our jails and prisons annually?

AskNC: What percentage of lottery money goes to education?

AskNC: Why are the lieutenant governor and governor elected separately?