News Reports (Page 4)

  • Scholar urges lawmakers to reduce rules, boosting economic growth

    Nearly 110,000 state regulations are crippling North Carolina’s economy, which has grown at a lethargic pace since 2006, an academic researcher told lawmakers Tuesday. The burden is reason enough to roll back regulations, said James Broughel. He is a research fellow with the Mercatus Center at…

  • Mercatus report highlights state-level maze of rules

    North Carolina has so many regulations it would take a dozen 40-hour weeks, reading 300 words per minute, to navigate the state administrative code, researchers say. The code contains 109,350 restrictions and some 8.7 million words. The most restrictive regulations involve utilities. Nursing and residential care…

  • State will need elections board for protests, certification

    The state’s top elections staffer says she sees no problems ahead for North Carolina municipal elections — unless there’s an election protest. There’s also no way to certify the results of this year’s elections under current conditions. Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the recently merged N.C. State Board of…

  • What to expect during this week’s legislative session

    Another session of the N.C. General Assembly — this one especially short — should convene at noon Oct. 4. In an email last week, House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, told House Republicans to expect to be in Raleigh for three days, starting Wednesday. And, says Moore in the email,…

  • Coding becomes a life skill for students

    RALEIGH — Move over, piano teachers. Take the bench, soccer coaches. Computer coding is on the rise as an after-school activity for Raleigh’s K-12 students. In recent years, coding has become associated with the infamous “skills gap,” and for good reason. More than 1 million tech jobs will go…

  • Full N.C. House may consider redrawing judicial election maps

    The N.C. House could decide next week whether it wants to redraw election maps for judges across North Carolina. A special committee endorsed the idea Wednesday afternoon by a 21-8 vote after nearly four hours of discussion and debate. “Since the last major reforms to our state’s judicial districts in the late…