Archive: CJ Exclusives

  • Researcher Explains Achievement Gap

    First, knowledge makes you smarter. So says E. D. Hirsch of the Core Knowledge Foundation, an organization he created to articulate and promote cultural and educational literacy. Before you say “duh” to Hirsch’s observation, understand that his simple statement sums up a great deal of research on achievement differences, what…

  • Pumping Revenue from Property Taxes

    Boxed in by state budget deficits, sluggish sales tax receipts, Medicaid mandates, and politicians’ unwillingness to cut or hold the line on services, counties are raising property taxes more frequently to make ends meet. By Donna Martinez.

  • Tax Commission Urges Sales Tax Increase

    An advisory commission to Gov. Mike Easley in December proposed a far-reaching overhaul of North Carolina’s tax code that would impose a sales tax on services, broaden the tax base, and lower overall rates according to Richard Wagner.

  • Reporter Says Intelligence Failed Before 9/11

    The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City and Washington, DC resulted from a massive failure of the United States’ intelligence agencies, a prominent defense and security writer. Bill Gertz, a Washington Times reporter known for his ability to get information from Pentagon sources, offered his insights…

  • Golden Grocery Awards

    State, federal, and local governments are chipping in to buy a grocery store for Salemburg even though a consultant’s report concluded the project might not be successful. The state government’s contribution came from the Golden LEAF Foundation, the nonprofit that administers half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco…

  • North Carolina has Stake in Bush Plan

    Dr. Roy Cordato, vice president for research and resident scholar at the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation reviewed several items of the Bush package that would likely confer disproportionately large benefits on North Carolina’s economy, which has been uncharacteristically trailing the nation in the pace and scope of its economic recovery.