News Reports (Page 551)

  • Scandal Uncovered at School of Arts

    RALEIGH — High-level administrators at the North Carolina School of the Arts engaged in “willful, deliberate, and intentional” violations of N.C. law in what State Auditor Ralph Campbell described Tuesday as “similar to the debacle at Enron.” Campbell said the findings at the NCSA were as serious as any his…

  • Amendment One Foes Speak Out

    RALEIGH — Opponents of Amendment One, the constitutional question on the November ballot that would allow localities to issue more public debt without a public vote, said yesterday that supporters of the idea are deceiving voters about the true nature of so-called “tax increment financing.” Chris Neely of the state…

  • Holloman Speaks on Hyman Scandal

    RALEIGH — A federal indictment of former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance Jr. of Warrenton also alleges that other people and groups cooperated in questionable financial transactions involving tax money. One person featured prominently was State Sen. Robert Holloman of Ahoskie. Holloman told Carolina Journal that he had not read the…

  • Research Raises Questions about TIFs

    CHARLOTTE—Whether tax increment financing really works as advertised is an empirical question. In recent years, several studies have examined the issue, reaching the general conclusion that TIFs as typically used produce few of the benefits claimed. Indeed, in some cases they may actually be counterproductive. One study found that Iowa’s…

  • Edwards Goes On The Attack

    RALEIGH — Last week Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards, on a pair of cable network news programs, sharply criticized President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Liberal pundits and rank-and-file Democrats have recently complained that Edwards hasn’t embraced the “attack dog” role that vice presidential candidates usually assume, and…

  • Teach Them Well

    Recent interest in shifting the most experienced public school teachers to the weakest schools simply assumes that teachers can fix broken schools by themselves. It is not so easy.

  • Debate About Amendment One Heats Up

    CHARLOTTE — When North Carolina voters head to the polls Nov. 2, they will be asked to approve a change in the state constitution that would radically alter how localities approach economic development. The proposed Amendment One would allow for the use of tax increment financing to issue public debt…

  • Development Hearings Must Be Required

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that county commissions and city councils may not hear appeals from neighbors in land subdivision cases unless local ordinances give local residents the right to object. A Wilmington company had planned to build a new condominium complex of 427 units. After…

  • Errors Persist in NC School Textbooks

    RALEIGH — In the June/July, 1999 issue of Carolina Journal, then-Managing Editor Andrew Cline wrote an article about North Carolina’s method of selecting textbooks. The article explained how the N. C. Textbook Commission, which is responsible for determining which textbooks may be used by districts all over the state, had…

  • Next Stop, Cleveland?

    New Census Bureau information shows that Cleveland is the poorest big city in America, this despite years of "investment" in a light rail system that was supposed to help stave-off such woes.