Category: Business and Regulations

  • Failed megaport site still vacant and is losing value

    The 600-acre waterfront property in Southport set aside for a state-run “megaport” remains vacant and the N.C. State Ports Authority has no plans to develop or sell it. The property’s most recent tax appraisal also shows the land is worth half its original purchase price. The Star-News of Wilmington…

  • N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation welcomes new leader

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 758: The N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation recently welcomed a new executive director. Jonathan Kappler explains the foundation’s two main tasks: promoting business-friendly state policies and educating North Carolinians about the current state of Tar Heel politics.

  • Duke professor documents diamond district’s economic distinctions

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 758: The economy is always changing, but some elements of an economy can remain remarkably consistent over decades — even in the face of major technological transformations. Barak Richman, Duke University professor of law and business administration, has studied one clear example of…

  • NCFEF survey of NCGA shows partisan split on business issues

    Republicans consistently support issues vital to business and industry, while Democrats’ actions show lower enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, a survey of General Assembly members concluded. Republicans said the nonpartisan North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation’s 2017 Legislative Business Ratings report accurately…

  • 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…

  • Medicaid program staying under budget as switch to managed care looms

    The once-floundering state Medicaid system is expected to stay within its budget for the fourth consecutive year. Meanwhile, a planned switch to managed care is getting positive reviews from federal regulators. State Department of Health and Human Services officials gave those updates Tuesday to members of…