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Don Carrington

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Vice president at the Locke Foundation and Associate Publisher of Carolina Journal, the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation. He joined the Foundation in late 1994, having previously written articles for Carolina Journal and participated in Locke activities. His duties at the Foundation include investigative reporting, research, and public speaking. He writes articles and newspaper columns for the Foundation and in 1995 co-authored Changing Course, Locke's first proposal for rightsizing state government and cutting taxes. Carrington's previous work experience in North Carolina includes economic and employment research in state government, private-sector marketing, economic development, and political consulting. He received his degree in business administration from East Carolina University and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.


Articles by Don Carrington

(8.03.15) I-77 Lawsuit: Toll Deal Unconstitutional
RALEIGH — Even though Gov. Pat McCrory has said the tolling project along the Interstate 77 corridor north of Charlotte will go forward, it faces a challenge to its constitutionality, as well as allegations the contractor did not meet full-disclosure requirements.


(7.01.15) Business Leaders Make Case Against Toll Road
RALEIGH — A group of Lake Norman-area business leaders traveled by chartered bus to Raleigh on Tuesday to urge state legislators to support a bill that would cancel the state’s contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on Interstate 77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, hosted a press conference at which he reiterated his pledge to introduce legislation doing just that.


(6.29.15) McCrory Not Budging on I-77 Toll Project
RALEIGH — Despite widespread vocal opposition from area business leaders and residents, Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials maintain it is too late for the state to scrap the controversial 26-mile Interstate 77 tolling project between Charlotte and Mooresville in favor of nontolled alternatives.


(6.08.15) Heirs Finally Win Hammocks Beach Dispute
RALEIGH — While John H. Hurst and Harriet Hurst Turner say that news stories Carolina Journal published of the family’s struggles beginning in 2011 helped persuade others that they were entitled to the property, the election of Republican Pat McCrory as governor in 2012 appears to have played a significant role. Officials working under Attorney General Roy Cooper and former Gov. Beverly Perdue, both Democrats, tried to acquire the property from the Hurst heirs without paying for it.


(6.01.15) Alcoa Prevails in State Lawsuit
RALEIGH — Alcoa Power Generating Inc. scored a victory in federal court May 6 when U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle ruled that the state of North Carolina failed to prove that a 45-mile segment of the Yadkin River where Alcoa operates four hydroelectric dams was navigable for commerce in 1789. Alcoa continues to assert that the deeds it has to property all along the contested area are valid.


(5.04.15) Island Awash in Title Questions, Irregularities
RALEIGH — Dare County landscaper Bill Boykin thinks neither politically connected man who acquired property he once owned known as Island L on state maps — nor the state of North Carolina, which claims partial ownership — had clear title to the property when a boundary line agreement was drafted in 2011. Boykin thinks there are "clouds on the title," signaling potential irregularities in the chain of ownership.


(3.31.15) Tax Preparer Exposes Rampant Refund Fraud
RALEIGH — A Charlotte-area tax preparer who conducted an undercover operation with a friend, found that tax preparers catering to Hispanic customers are urging clients — typically using federal taxpayer identification numbers rather than Social Security numbers on IRS documents — to pocket fraudulent refunds by claiming on their income tax returns children as dependents who may not exist or who live outside the United States.


(3.30.15) Spirit’s Job Numbers Far Below Expectations
RALEIGH — Although the Spirit AeroSystems facility at the Global TransPark will not receive all the incentives it could have, critics call any purported "savings" beside the point. They say it's impossible to predict how a company will perform, calling into question whether economic incentives really are the key to landing out-of-state companies.


(3.09.15) Quietly, Government Stops Counting ‘Green’ Jobs
RALEIGH — As a candidate for president in 2008, Barack Obama said he would create 5 million green jobs, and in 2009 the U.S. Department of Labor had developed plans to define and count them. Officials in the N.C. Department of Commerce received nearly $1 million allocated by the federal government to survey companies across North Carolina. But the BLS programs measuring green jobs and reporting on green-job activities ended in March 2013.


(1.12.15) DENR, Commerce Reviewing Stimulus Grants
RALEIGH — Officials at two state agencies are reviewing issues raised by news reports on federal stimulus grants made to a Yancey County resident and to relatives of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Following news stories in various media, in October DENR Secretary John Skvarla and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker asking state Auditor Beth Wood for help auditing the treatment of all funding from the federal stimulus law that was awarded through the State Energy Office.


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