News Reports (Page 707)

  • State Getting Sued Again

    Paul Chesser writes that the number of people suing the state increased by two, because of the way Gov. Mike Easley tried to balance the state’s budget the last fiscal year by transferring $80 million from the state’s Highway Trust Fund.

  • Institute for Justice to Open Chapter in North Carolina

    Contributing editor Karen Welsh says the Institute for Justice — a nonprofit public-interest law firm dedicated to economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, unlawful taxation, freedom of speech, and constitutional limits on the power of government — is coming to North Carolina early next year.

  • UNCG Faculty Donate Money to Staff

    The faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has provided state legislators and others a lesson in responsibility and charity in the face of dire fiscal times, writes Jon Sanders.

  • Rap on the Election

    Paul Chesser reports that after the North Carolina House majority swerved to Republicans, political observers at a John Locke Foundation luncheon in Raleigh Monday heard election analysis from state and national pundits.

  • North Carolina Politics Nears Parity

    A preliminary analysis of state and local results from North Carolina’s 2002 elections suggests that North Carolina is continuing its move toward political parity, said John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation. “Republicans made significant gains on Tuesday, but the end result was to catch up to, but not…

  • N.C. Students Among Most Subsidized in Nation

    Jon Sanders reports that according to the most recent data, taxpayers in North Carolina pay the fourth-highest per-pupil amount in the nation to subsidize public-college students in their state. Those findings are according to an October Inquiry paper (No. 14, “Providing Access: Who Pays What for Higher Education in N.C.”)…

  • N.C. Tells Neighboring States to Clean Up Air

    When the “clean smokestacks” bill was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly in June, most lawmakers said North Carolina needed to regulate its power plants’ emissions before it could tell neighboring states to clean up their act. Empowered by the new law, the state is now telling the rest of…

  • Easley Falsely Links ‘Jobs’ Bill, Business Climate

    Gov. Mike Easley announced that North Carolina garnered the No. 1 ranking in the nation in a national magazine’s annual assessment of each state’s business climate. Easley used the good news to promote the value of the recently-passed North Carolina Economic Stimulus and Jobs Creation Act. However, Paul Chesser reports,…

  • NEA Plans to Play Hardball

    The National Education Association is arming for battle with parents, schools, and the federal government over choice and accountability provisions embedded in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Karen Palasek reports……

  • Easley, Basnight Manipulate Golden LEAF, Papers Show

    The Golden LEAF Foundation, which administers half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement, claims to operate independent of political persuasion. But documents obtained by Carolina Journal suggest that Gov. Mike Easley and N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight wield significant influence over the nonprofit foundation, reports…