• When Privatization Misses the Point

    Senate leader Marc Basnight has a couple of ideas for boosting growth in North Carolina. One is unambiguously good while the other could be an irrelevant distraction.

  • Weekly Report 2003-10-31

    For the week of October 31, 2003 – carolinajournal.com Reaction of the Week The U.S. Department of Commerce announced this week that during the third quarter the nation’s economy grew at the fastest rate – 7.2 percent – since 1984. President Bush…

  • Airports Aim for Additional Service

    CHARLOTTE — Six North Carolina cities are proposing incentives of $5.4 million to help establish additional airline service. The communities — Fayetteville, Hickory, Kinston, Moore County (Pinehurst and Southern Pines), New Bern, and Wilmington — hope to combine federal grant money with local funds to attract a commuter air carrier to start flights to Raleigh. Many uncertainties, however, remain before the flights become a permanent fixture.

  • Weekly Report 2003-08-11

    In This Issue: ———————————————————————- Feature 1 – Lee Act ‘A Failure’ Feature 2 – Legislative Highlights Feature 3 – Soured on Private Prisons ———————————————————————- Feature 1 Lee Act ‘A Failure’ Tax credits generate few…

  • Weekly Report 2003-06-23

    In This Issue: ———————————————————————- Feature 1 – The Tax Machine Rolls Feature 2 – Zapping Telemarketers Feature 3 – Read Between the Lines ———————————————————————- Feature 1 The Tax Machine Rolls Easley tells legislators to maintain tax,…

  • Weekly Report 2003-05-12

    In This Issue: ———————————————————————- Feature 1 – Doing a Number on Schools Feature 2 – More Hot Air Feature 3 – Just Say No to Tests ———————————————————————- Feature 1 Doing a Number on Schools Statisticians’ system measures student…

  • Praising the NC Senate Budget

    After two days of reckless, over-the-top invective against the NC Senate's budget plan, here is a column of restitution: reasons to feel good about the proposed budget.

  • A Laugh Line on Jones Street

    As the NC Senate debated and tentatively passed its bloated 2003-05 budget, one lawmaker tossed out an unintentionally funny laugh line. If only this were a laughing matter.