Archives: Dan Way

  • Proposed tribal casino in Kings Mountain pits Cherokee versus Catawba

    The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation wants to build a $340 million casino in Kings Mountain. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opposes the competition. Most N.C. state senators say the federal government has no business approving the resort. The Cherokees claim the proposed 16-acre site…

  • Solar energy output ratings misleading if not deceptive, critics say

    In its application to build a solar facility on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Nash County property, Durham-based Strata Solar said its generating capacity would be about 5 megawatts. Enough energy to power continuously about 3,750 homes. But the plant won’t generate 5 MW of energy 24 hours…

  • CON opponents think they’ll make headway this year against regulations

    Legislative opponents of certificate of need laws are confident. This may be the year they prevail against the restrictive health-care regulations. But opposition from the powerful hospital lobby remains. Hospitals claim competition would hurt their bottom line. It would place hospitals, especially rural ones, at risk…

  • Senate tax cut package could get floor vote Thursday

    The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 622, the Tax Reduction Act of 2019, on Tuesday, May 14, and sent it to the Senate Rules Committee. Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, Rules Committee chairman, told Carolina Journal…

  • Folwell hopeful medical providers will join new State Health Plan network

    Fresh off N.C. Department of Insurance approval of cost-reducing reforms, Treasurer Dale Folwell is optimistic doctors and hospitals will join a new State Health Plan provider network. Contracts were set to go out late last week. The Insurance Department green light was the last regulatory hurdle…

  • State audit finds poor oversight of Medicaid managed care groups

    The state’s tax-supported managed care agencies for mental health are a mess. That’s the gist of an audit released Monday, May 6, by State Auditor Beth Wood. It rebuked the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ oversight of seven Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations. And…

  • Tax collections could lead to $700 million windfall for N.C.

    A $470-million surge in April tax collections could push the state budget surplus to more than $700 million. Barry Boardman, chief economist for the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division, in a Monday, May 6, email alerted legislative leaders of both parties, House, and Senate…