Archive: Daily Journal

  • Criminal-justice reform offers rare chance for bipartisan success

    Who says Republicans and Democrats can’t do good things together? Discussions are under way between leaders of both parties in Congress seeking positive reforms in our criminal-justice system. This may be an outlier — an opportunity for Republican and Democrats, conservatives and liberals to bring new hope to men and…

  • Revenue trend doesn’t merit panic

    While General Fund revenues to date are a bit below projection, they are still higher than General Fund spending, meaning that the state budget has a net cash surplus so far this fiscal year of $350 million.

  • Parents count when judging schools

    Studies of charter-school performance conducted years ago aren’t as informative as recent studies, which reflect a more mature sector with consistent high-performers that have replicated themselves.

  • Complacency puts N.C. charter school movement at risk

    Since the election of Republican legislative majorities in 2010, charter schools have enjoyed a winning streak of pro-charter legislation and policy. Those victories included the removal of the 100-school cap, more generous allowances for grade and enrollment expansion, and a much-improved charter application and approval process. While a handful of…

  • Carolina tax reform sets pace

    The government sector in North Carolina grew slower than the national average from 2013 to 2016 while North Carolina’s private-sector economy grew faster than the national average.

  • N.C. Certificate of Need laws continue causing pain

    In yesterday’s Daily Journal, I wrote about Certificate of Need laws. The issue moved from the theoretical to the concrete for me as I spent the past week nursing my husband through a pretty painful kidney stone and associated blockage. Every few hours, I administered more opioids. He missed…

  • N.C. Certificate of Need laws cause real pain

     On a recent Monday morning around 1, my husband woke up in severe pain. He knew what this was. By 1:15, we were in the car on our way to the ER. Kidney stones. They’re not life-threatening, and I’ve never had one, but people who have tell me it’s awful.

  • Road leads back to public TV

    According to a recent independent survey of North Carolinians interested in politics and public policy, “NC SPIN” is the most-watched program of its kind in the state.