Archives: CJ Staff

  • Judgment to End “Cramming” Case

    RALEIGH — A company that put bogus charges on customers’ phone bills must stop the fees and pay refunds, the Attorney General’s Office says. “This company tried to stick people with calls they didn’t make and charges they hadn’t agreed to,” Attorney Gen. Roy Cooper said. “We've put an end…

  • Report: NC Not Low in Business Taxes

    RALEIGH — 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 flawed and offers little useful information to policymakers considering tax changes, according to a new report published today by the John…

  • Auditor Reports on Nonprofit Funding

    RALEIGH — The State Auditor’s Office has delivered to the General Assembly and the Easley administration a new report detailing grants to nonprofit organizations by state agencies last year. The annual report catalogues all grants made by state agencies to nonprofits such as Smart Start partnerships, economic development groups, and…

  • AG Cooper Enforces “No Call” Rules

    RALEIGH — Four telemarketers that repeatedly violated North Carolina’s Do Not Call Registry have entered into a settlement with the state in which they will pay a total of $66,000. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office on Tuesday announced court orders and settlements resolving enforcement actions against the companies, including Warrior…

  • Obesity Costs NC Taxpayers $1.1 Billion

    RALEIGH — In a paper published Wednesday, researchers at the North Carolina-based RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta provide the first state-by-state estimates of obesity-attributable medical expenditures. The paper also provides rough estimates of the cost burden that falls on taxpayers in each state…

  • State Reclassifies Counties Under Lee Act

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Commerce on Friday changed tier designations, which determine access to state economic-development funding, for 19 counties. Burke, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cleveland, Harnett, Pender, Stokes, Surry, and Yancey counties moved down one tier level to a more-distressed designation. Beaufort, Cumberland, Duplin, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Vance…

  • Walter Williams on Trade, Politics

    George Mason University economist Walter Williams, a syndicated columnist and guest host on the “Rush Limbaugh program,” came to Raleigh recently to help kick off the creation of a new program that will provide leadership and citizenship training to North Carolinians. In an interview with Carolina Journal, Williams discussed politicians'…

  • Most NC Students Have No Choice

    RALEIGH — Most elementary and middle-school students in North Carolina do not attend a school chosen by their parents, according to a new study by the North Carolina Education Alliance that ranks each school district in the state on the extent of educational choice. Despite recent growth in private and…

  • No. 128: Bush at War: Resolve in the Shadow of Terror

    • Bob Woodward: Bush at War; Simon & Schuster; 400 pp; 2002; $28. I remember Sept. 12, 2001 and the days that followed. The hours and seconds were lost to a constant distraction, a sense of shock, mourning, and confusion that followed me everywhere.

  • Internet Authority Stays Alive

    RALEIGH—The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation creating a new agency that will provide high-speed broadband Internet access for rural counties and “distressed” urban areas in North Carolina. The Senate approved the measure establishing the E-NC Authority by a 41-6 vote. The E-NC Authority will continue and expand the work of…