Category: Business and Regulations

  • Cooper Seeks Tighter Regulations

    RALEIGH — Attorney Gen. Roy Cooper on Friday notified seven states that he will petition the Environmental Protection Agency to seek greater restrictions on pollutants in those states. Cooper’s step was spurred by the passage of the “Clean Smokestacks Act,” which requires NC utilities to significantly reduce emissions from their…

  • Preserving the American Dream

    RALEIGH — Over the past two decades, the term “smart growth” has become part of the national lexicon. Used frequently by policymakers and activists, the term describes a planning vision for transportation and development that purports to preserve the American dream of home ownership, mobility, and freedom. On Jan. 10,…

  • Incentives Break GOP Harmony

    RALEIGH — The race for the Republican nomination for NC governor has been a festival of harmony so far, but a discordant note on business incentives appeared among the candidates Thursday in Greensboro. State Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine broke from the anti-incentives stances of his opponents at a manufacturing…

  • In Search of a Biotech Bonanza

    North Carolina is hot in pursuit of Massachusetts' status as a hotspot for biotechnology startups. So is this a contest of marketing pitches, or something more?…

  • Civil Forum Showcases Republicans

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Republican Party may be a fractured bunch, but six of the seven GOP candidates for governor conducted a civil forum Tuesday in Raleigh. The Wake GOP Men's Club event exhibited almost none of the divisiveness found within the Republican delegation of the General Assembly. But…

  • When Arm’s Length is Best

    The speaker at Thursday's JLF Headliner luncheon also happened to have a fascinating column in the New York Times about "relationship capitalism." It's worth a read.

  • “Revolving Door” Issue Raised

    RALEIGH — Allyson Duncan, a former member of the North Carolina Utilities Commission who left in 1998, a year before the end of her eight-year term, represented a newly formed gas authority before the Utilities Commission within months after resigning. Duncan’s early departure to join a law firm raised questions…

  • Murky Reporting on Soot

    The Charlotte Observer continues to publish stories with scary warnings about how soot in the air could "prematurely kill thousands of people" annually — even though the Observer knows the the link to lung cancer or heart disease is inconclusive at best.

  • So What If It Is Unconstitutional?

    The General Assembly is preparing to hold a special session next week to discuss incentive deals for specific corporations. This should be considered illegal, but it won't be.