Category: CJ Exclusives

  • Are state agencies waiting to disclose data breaches?

    State agencies reported a record 250 data breaches, identity information thefts, and unauthorized disclosures of personal records in their custody in 2017. But as public concerns about computer hacks, electronic system vulnerabilities, and personal data mismanagement mount, the question is whether state agencies notify victims in…

  • Local Government Commission casts doubt on Jones County school deal

    The N.C. Local Government Commission Tuesday approved $11.3 million in construction bonds sought by Jones County Schools. But members expressed deep reservations about the statewide precedent it set allowing private ownership of public school buildings. “We’ve got to get this right for Jones County,” said state…

  • Government won’t solve opioid crisis

    Opioid addiction can be fatal, but government policies would probably make a bad situation worse, many experts say.    Rising rates of opioid abuse led President Trump recently to declare a national emergency. Critics of the current approach insist state and federal officials continually use misuse the word “epidemic.”  …

  • Pine Mountain developer making no progress 

    A Dare County real estate developer with a history of financial troubles has made little progress in selling 900 vacant lots in the Pine Mountain development in Burke County.  Critics say Ray Hollowell Jr. is a speculator who doesn’t pay his debts and neglects necessary infrastructure.  The problems…

  • Next Farm Bill could target aggressive ag regulations

    Federal environmental regulations are battering farmers, and public policy research analyst Darren Bakst believes there is a mechanism to address the plight. It’s the next version of the federal Farm Bill, now in its early stages, said Bakst, a former John Locke Foundation researcher now with…

  • 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…

  • Analysts say key to repealing Obamacare is ending Congress’ subsidies

    Health policy experts say President Donald Trump could rekindle Obamacare repeal efforts by killing the handouts insulating Congress from the program’s costs. “If Obamacare is so great, why isn’t Congress abiding by its rules? Rescinding the carve-out would expose Congress to the actual cost of Obamacare,”…

  • 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…