• Weekly Report 2004-02-27

    For the week of February 27, 2004 – carolinajournal.com Reaction of the Week North Carolina’s state-maintained highways now rank among the worst in the nation in such areas as pavement condition and urban congestion according to the findings of a new…

  • Weekly Report 2004-02-20

    For the week of February 20, 2004 – carolinajournal.com Reaction of the Week A study released several weeks ago by an accounting firm and recently touted by North Carolina politicians as evidence of the state’s attractiveness to business is fundamentally…

  • Weekly Report 2004-01-09

    For the week of January 09, 2004 – carolinajournal.com Reaction of the Week Businessmen, political leaders, and economic experts, in separate forums earlier this week, predicted a rosier economic future for North Carolina than recent years have shown, but expected the…

  • No. 725: Is It the Economy, or Is It Stupidity?

    Is it the economy, or is it stupidity? That’s what North Carolina's citizens want to know after the General Assembly recently approved a package of “incentives” for corporations that Gov. Mike Easley said would boost the state’s economy.

  • Weekly Report 2004-01-02

    For the week of January 02, 2004 – carolinajournal.com Reaction of the Week A flurry of reports about the fruit of the state’s economic development policies appeared in the news media at year’s end. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that resentment lingers because the…

  • Weekly Report 2003-12-19

    For the week of December 19, 2003 – carolinajournal.com Reaction of the Week The capture of Saddam Hussein on Sunday generated unanimous praise for the military from North Carolina’s delegation in Congress, including Sen. John Edwards. However, many of the…

  • The Case Against Panic Is Strong

    Politicians almost always make bad decisions when they or their loudest constituents feel panicky. It's time to separate the rational fears from the irrational ones.

  • Incentives Break GOP Harmony

    RALEIGH — The race for the Republican nomination for NC governor has been a festival of harmony so far, but a discordant note on business incentives appeared among the candidates Thursday in Greensboro. State Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine broke from the anti-incentives stances of his opponents at a manufacturing executives summit. “I’m not going to say I’m opposed to all incentives,” Ballantine said. The position taken by the Wilmington lawyer was a marked difference from the three other candidates who participated: former state GOP Chairman Bill Cobey, Davie County Commissioner Dan Barrett, and former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot.

  • Now, About Those Incentives. . .

    Targeted tax breaks, government subsidies, and other incentive policies are flawed. But one idea expected to get a hearing during the upcoming special session is a good one.