Category: Business and Regulations

  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline deal reveals cracks in the process

    Gov. Roy Cooper committed an unforced error by circumventing the General Assembly and creating a constitutionally questionable $57.8 million Atlantic Coast Pipeline fund, political observers and legislators say.  Cooper could have been tone deaf to the sour notes his action was sure to sound, they say, and may lack…

  • UNC Health Care – Atrium Health merger collapses

    The mega-deal combining daily operations at UNC Health Care and Atrium Health has collapsed, killing in the cradle what would have been one of the nation’s largest health systems. Charlotte-based Atrium issued a statement Friday, March 2, about the development. “Atrium Health has…

  • Meeting our needs without taking on more government debt 

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about local government debt. It all started when I was preparing for a presentation and took a look at the Wake County budget for this year.  I nearly fell out of my chair.  This year alone, Wake County’s budget includes just more than $273 million in debt…

  • Protecting our investments in North Carolina 

    Protecting our investments means taking care of what we own.  As state taxpayers, we own a lot of stuff — office, school and university buildings, state agencies and department offices, courthouses, prisons, libraries, books … and lots of land. North Carolina owns 42 parks, a symphony orchestra, a zoo, and seven history and two art museums.   …

  • Covering Triangle business news

    News about Triangle businesses offers clues about the health of the region’s economy. That’s one reason why the John Locke Foundation sought input Monday from Dane Huffman, managing editor of the Triangle Business Journal. Huffman recounted stories from his journalism career and discussed his work at TBJ in a presentation…