News Reports (Page 709)

  • Duke Doubted Smokestacks’ Merits

    RALEIGH—When the North Carolina Clean Smokestacks Plan was first presented to the Department of Natural Resources staff, several environmentalist groups and the state’s two investor-owned electric utilities already supported the legislation. But statements and information culled from e-mails, obtained from state agencies by Carolina Journal, show that Duke Energy did…

  • Smokestacks Built on Dubious Data

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Clean Smokestacks Plan, the report on which the state’s landmark 2002 legislation was built, was written by a left-wing environmental group and contained assumptions based on what some call “junk science.” Environmental Defense, which produced the plan, believes the United States should sign on to the 1997…

  • Smokestacks Bill Helped Utilities

    RALEIGH—Contrary to the stated objectives of its supporters, the 2002 North Carolina Clean Smokestacks law — based on controversial environmental assumptions used to espouse questionable health benefits — may have been crafted to help protect the state’s two largest electricity suppliers from federal lawsuits and fines. The plan, signed into…

  • State Tax Endorses Disobedience

    RALEIGH — One way to reduce North Carolina’s estimated $1.5 billion budget deficit is to generate more revenue, while maintaining current spending levels. While perusing the state Department of Revenue Web site, a reader can find a little-known revenue-generating item that begs to be exploited. Since 1990, North Carolina has…

  • Cooper Worries About Bush Plan

    RALEIGH — In his latest promotion of North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act, Attorney General Roy Cooper last month objected to provisions of President Bush’s Clear Skies initiative, because of concerns that it would override provisions in the state law. But an analysis of Cooper’s claims show that his worries are…

  • GOP Pushes Spending-Cap Bill

    RALEIGH — Republicans in the General Assembly on Monday introduced a Taxpayers’ Protection Act, which would constitutionally place controls on lawmakers’ spending and refund any excess revenues to taxpayers. At the same time the bill's sponsors acknowledged the political reality of their minority status. State Sen. Fred Smith of Clayton,…

  • Incentives Grant Frustrates Competitor

    RALEIGH — The owners of Pate Dawson Company, a Goldsboro food distributor that has been doing business in North Carolina for 120 years, is wondering how the state can justify giving the company’s main competitor, Texas-based Sysco Inc., $10 million to build a distribution center in Johnston County. “I’ve been…

  • Governor Touts Higher Education Agenda

    RALEIGH — Reforms that would allow high school students to earn two-year college degrees and increasing tuition assistance programs were among the issues outlined by Gov. Mike Easley during his State of the State Address last week. In front of a packed audience of legislators, elected leaders and guest, Easley…

  • The School Rules

    Public concern about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools boils over while as the search for alternatives to the current student-assignment plan continues.