Category: Business and Regulations

  • Airports Still Flying High in NC

    The airline industry continues to be caught in a severe financial downdraft, as the effects of a weak economy and the aftermath of Sept. 11 send carriers to a second year of heavy losses. Michael Lowrey reports that despite setbacks, North Carolina’s main airports remain attractive and busy places to…

  • ‘Smart Growth’ Fizzles at Election Time

    The September release of a Smart Growth America study charging that North Carolina’s Triad and Triangle regions have the second- and third-most serious sprawl problems in the country put discussion of so-called “Smart Growth” back in the state’s news. But Donna Martinez reports that growth policies took a backseat to…

  • Tax Problems Acknowledged

    In late October the North Carolina Economic Development Board released its 2002 Economic Development Strategic Plan. The 57-page plan relies heavily on government-funded programs, but also draws attention to North Carolina’s high tax rates and overall tax burden, reports Don Carrington.

  • Study: Incentives Not a Priority

    Paul Chesser reports that the use of economic incentives by governments as a tool for luring business and industry, but professor Dennis Rondinelli said recently that very little research has been done to measure the success of such enticements.

  • Charlotte’s Culinary School Deal has Secret Ingredients

    Don Carrington reveals that when Johnson & Wales University and Charlotte officials announced a new $82 million school for downtown Charlotte they said it was being subsidized by local tax dollars and private funds, but neglected to mention subsidies from the state which now appears to be in the neighborhood…

  • N.C. Tells Neighboring States to Clean Up Air

    When the “clean smokestacks” bill was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly in June, most lawmakers said North Carolina needed to regulate its power plants’ emissions before it could tell neighboring states to clean up their act. Empowered by the new law, the state is now telling the rest of…

  • Easley, Basnight Manipulate Golden LEAF, Papers Show

    The Golden LEAF Foundation, which administers half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement, claims to operate independent of political persuasion. But documents obtained by Carolina Journal suggest that Gov. Mike Easley and N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight wield significant influence over the nonprofit foundation, reports…

  • Study Finds No Ozone-Asthma Link

    There is no link between ground-level ozone, or “smog,” and asthma among children, according to a new study by Dr. Roy Cordato of the John Locke Foundation. He cautions policymakers and the news media to “check the facts” before coming to conclusions about scientific issues.