News Reports (Page 667)

  • Easley Proposes $16 Billion Budget

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley released his mid-biennium budget term adjustments yesterday, which he said maintained his priorities for spending discipline, creating jobs, and improving public education. Forecasters anticipate economic growth by a rate of 5.5 percent for 2004-05, which raised revenue expectations by $200 million. Easley’s revised budget comes…

  • Fiscal Reformers Look to Colorado

    RALEIGH — When Gov. Mike Easley introduced his proposed biennial budget last year, he asked the legislature to implement spending limits tied to the average growth in personal income. “The current budget model needs to be reformed,” Easley said in February 2003. “Last year, we have reduced the state operating…

  • State Claims Progress in Meth War

    RALEIGH — North Carolina has made progress in its war against methamphetamine, but the drug still threatens to overwhelm the state’s law enforcement, social services, public health facilities, and courtrooms unless laws are toughened, says Attorney General Roy Cooper. In 1999, the first year that meth laboratories were reported in…

  • Changes Stir Milwaukee Voucher Debate

    RALEIGH — Recent events have put the $75 million Milwaukee school voucher program back in the news, and may have tarnished the program’s image among some supporters and foes alike. The voucher program provides public funding to help send low-income children to private schools. Until recently, private schools kept their…

  • Regulatory Delays Impose Cost

    RALEIGH — The biggest backup most are likely to encounter in a bathroom is easily remedied with a 99-cent plunger or a bottle of drain cleaner. But imagine being a builder whose new subdivision, school, or store can’t open on time because paperwork is clogged up in the state’s wastewater…

  • Court Rules on “Protected Class”

    RALEIGH — In an April 20 decision, a divided panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling that state employment law does not recognize domestic-abuse victims as a protected class. Soon after James Imes‘ wife shot him in a domestic dispute, he was fired from his job…

  • Educating Immigrants Costs Taxpayers

    RALEIGH — As public schools are looking for new sources of money, one potential source of savings hasn’t been much discussed: Why not ask Washington to stop requiring that illegal alien children get a “free” education? Some analysts say the federal government imposes this mandate of a free education for…

  • Failed Ideologies Battle It Out

    RALEIGH — On Saturday, Feb. 21, an epic match was played before the State Capitol that had participants on both sides reminiscing of the glory days of years long passed. Nevertheless, by the day’s end, the International Socialists thoroughly drummed the National Socialists, 500 to 35, in the Capitol’s “Battle…

  • Drug Price Dispute Settled

    RALEIGH — The nation’s largest drug benefits company and 20 states Monday reached a settlement of $20.2 million over pricing claims. The company, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., switched patients’ drugs so that it could win rebates from drug makers, the N.C. Attorney General’s Office said. The settlement, on behalf of…

  • MCRI Aims At Racial Preferences

    RALEIGH — In January, a campaign began in Michigan to prohibit racial preferences. The campaign for the “Michigan Civil Rights Initiative” (MCRI), is led by executive director Jennifer Gratz. Her name may sound familiar because she filed one of the lawsuits against race preferences in the University of Michigan that…