Daily Journal

Scrapping the Certificate of Public Advantage

Though North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law remains intact, legislators made one positive change before leaving Raleigh.

CJ Ticker

  • JLF Chairman John Hood's biography of former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin will be released Oct. 6.
  • Charlotte keeps No. 1 ranking in annual JLF By The Numbers local tax-and-fee burden rankings.
  • Adverse selection plays key role in Blue Cross' 34.6 percent rate increase, according to new JLF report.
  • JLF report shows N.C. counties promised $284 million in targeted incentives over a five-year period.
  • JLF report uses "reverse logrolling" technique to identify $383 million in additional state budget savings.
  • JLF report critiques industry lobbying group's misleading study on the N.C. renewable energy mandate and electricity rates.
  • JLF reports documents N.C. certificate-of-need problems, urges law's repeal.
  • JLF report explains why repeal is necessary to address all N.C. Map Act problems.

Other Opinions

Sessions tweets

Patrick Gannon says that if you follow the N.C. General Assembly and aren’t on Twitter, you should be. Most state government news gets broken via Twitter today.

Ideology and punishment

The Fayetteville Observer says that the General Assembly’s leadership is all about punishing any institutions that won’t march with it in ideological lockstep.

An arduous session

The Rocky Mount Telegram writes that this year’s session produced more than its share of the usual Good, Bad and Just Plain Ugly.

Budget on right path

JLF’s Becki Gray says that from restraint to relief to reserves, our state’s leadership has built on themes started in 2011 of reforms, redirection, and rebuilding.

2015 session

The Winston-Salem Journal says that watching the state legislature at work this session is worse than watching the proverbial sausage being made.

In A Full Life, Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Continues
The 39th president's latest memoir does little to dissuade those who consider him one of our weakest presidents.

Media Mangle

We Must Value the First Amendment

The notion of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has given way, even among journalists, to a multicultural fetish against offending anyone who is not Western, or who is among a media-anointed "victim class.

Telling Both Sides of the Story

Those who read, watch, and listen to the news lose when media outlets decide to ignore the “wrong” side.

Corrections Policies Say A Lot

A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.

Carolina Beat

Downsizing Federal Role in Education

Lead Story

UNC Salaries Dwarf Those In Other Agencies

October 06, 2015, By Jesse Saffron

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — The UNC system’s 16 universities employ 47,894 people. Of those employees, 1,039, or 2.17 percent, earn more than $200,000 and 6,243, or 13 percent, earn more than $100,000. The share of UNC employees earning six-figure salaries far outpaces that of other state agencies. Of the 87,364 state employees, only 56, or 0.06 percent, earn more than $200,000, and just 1,900, or 2.17 percent, earn more than $100,000.

10.05.15 - VIDEO: Report Details Campus English Departments’ Decline

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — English departments have lost their positions of importance on college campuses in recent years. The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy documents that trend in a report titled The Decline of the English Department. The center's director of policy analysis offered details Monday during a speech for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

10.05.15 - Conservatives Pushing Criminal Justice Reform

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — A nationally recognized criminal justice reformer is confident North Carolina eventually will overturn a state law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to be charged as adults, but acknowledges political resistance to the proposal remains. Marc Levin of Right on Crime, said prosecuting more teens who are not charged with violent crimes as juveniles would benefit local law enforcement efforts and reduce taxpayer costs

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10.06.15 - NC National Guard rescues flood victims

RALEIGH — N.C. National Guard helicopter rescue crews are in South Carolina to help rescue drivers and residents trapped by flood waters. About 20 Guard troops and 10 civilian paramedics and firefighters are working under the S.C. National Guard at the request of Gov. Nikki Haley. The Helo Aquatic Rescue Teams are based in Salisbury and left for South Carolina on Sunday night.

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10.06.15 - FEMA sets up at Fort Bragg to assist flood victims

FAYETTEVILLE — Tractor-trailers loaded with blankets, generators, water, cots and other emergency supplies left the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s command center on Simmons Army Airfield on Monday for states affected by flooding. Officials from FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers arrived at Fort Bragg to set up the command center Thursday. The agencies will divvy supplies into tractor-trailer trucks, which will roll out to the states in need.

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10.06.15 - Hearing set on Voter ID legal challenge

WINSTON-SALEM — The voter ID law will be back in federal court later this month. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder plans to hold a hearing Oct. 23 to get an update on efforts to settle the legal claims against the photo ID requirement. The N.C. NAACP, the U.S. Department of Justice and others filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Voter Information Verification Act, which was passed by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2013.

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10.06.15 - N.C. lawmakers counter local fracking bans

WINSTON-SALEM — State lawmakers approved a bill in the final hours of the general session last week that includes a provision aimed at countering the moratoria passed by local governments, including Stokes County, on potential hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the drilling method used to extract shale gas or oil.

Related Energy Articles:
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Duke Energy, DENR set for court fight over $25.1M fine
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10.06.15 - U.S. furniture makers getting healthier

WINSTON-SALEM — The domestic home-furnishings industry remains on a slow, steady path to improved financial health, but the squeeze from Asian imports remains strong, according to a study released Monday. Even as all top-20 U.S. manufacturers and marketers showed an uptick in shipments from 2013 to 2014 — an average of 5.7 percent to reach $10.6 billion — foreign imports rose 8 percent to $21.36 billion, according to Greensboro management firm Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos.

Related NC Economy Articles:
Asheville’s path from hard times to breweries, hotels
Triangle jobless rate rises to 5.2 percent
Gap widens between N.C. and U.S. jobless rates
NC startup funding rises 71%
NC foreclosure prevention funding to run out next year
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