Archives: Dan Way

  • Policymakers demand answers about GenX-like compounds in solar panels

    As state and federal agencies investigate GenX in groundwater, Carolina Journal has learned GenX and its family of unregulated emerging contaminants are present in some of the solar panels increasingly dotting North Carolina’s landscape. GenX chemicals are classified as perfluorinated alkylated substances,…

  • Berger Democratic challenger wins residency appeal at elections board

    Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, will have a Democratic challenger in the general election after all. After two hours of debate July 12, the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement reversed a local elections panel’s decision disqualifying Jennifer Mangrum from the race. In what…

  • N.C. retains AAA bond rating even with tax cap amendment on ballot

    A constitutional amendment capping the state’s top income tax rate at 7 percent didn’t seem to spook national bond-rating agencies, state Treasurer Dale Folwell said. The three agencies recently reaffirmed the state’s AAA bond rating. Folwell made the announcement about the bond rating Wednesday, July 11.

  • State lets Salisbury refinance debt for muni broadband system

    Bleeding money, unable to sign up enough subscribers, and incapable of investing in new technology to attract users, Salisbury’s beleaguered municipal broadband service is about to be leased to a private firm. The N.C. Local Government Commission approved a deal Tuesday, July 10, allowing Salisbury to…

  • ‘Expired’ renewable tax credit program still paying out millions

    The sun keeps shining on North Carolina’s renewable energy investors — at taxpayers’ expense. The state’s renewable energy investment tax credit program expired Dec. 31, 2015. Yet the state paid $454 million in the subsidies the past two years, including a record $245 million for calendar…

  • Contentious legislative session ends with tentative talk of unity

    The final day of a sometimes divisive election year legislative session ended with bipartisan back slaps, and emotional farewell speeches injected with folksy humor, good-natured jabs, reminiscence, and heartfelt thanks from those who will not return next year. The gavel fell Friday, June 29, on a…