Archives: Paul Chesser

  • Johnson & Wales Is Halfway There

    RALEIGH – While it didn't fulfill the $10 million promise in state money that disgraced former House Speaker Jim Black committed in 2002, the General Assembly gave Johnson & Wales University another $2 million in this year's budget, which nudges the culinary school more than halfway toward its goal.

  • Senator Faces Ethics Complaint

    RALEIGH – A complaint against N.C. Sen. Fletcher Hartsell was filed last week with the State Board of Ethics, alleging that in a rezoning and forced-annexation case his roles as an elected official and as a lawyer for a developer and the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County were…

  • No Climate Analysis Offered on C02 Regs

    RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Air Quality, through its Climate Action Plan Advisory Group, is finalizing recommendations to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases emitted within the state, but the agency offers no analysis of how any options under consideration will affect temperatures or other weather conditions.

  • Transfer Tax Spurs Lobbying Fight

    RALEIGH — Debate between the North Carolina Association of Realtors and an alliance of government and other interests over a proposed real estate transfer tax has evolved into a battle over tactics, who is spending more money lobbying on the issue, and where the money is coming from.

  • Group: NC Taxes Among South’s Highest

    RALEIGH — On average, North Carolinians had the 14th-highest amount of tax increases per capita among all states during the past seven years, Americans for Tax Reform says in its recently released annual Cost of Government Day report.

  • NCRC Seeks Millions in Public Funds

    RALEIGH — A healthy serving of taxpayer funds will help a planned nutritional research mega-facility, part of a mixed-use development backed by developer and Dole CEO David Murdock. Thanks to the passage in November 2004 of Amendment One to the N.C. Constitution, which provides for local governments to implement so-called…

  • Gov.’s School Film Choices Listed

    RALEIGH — The Governor's Schools of North Carolina are now in the second of their six-week sessions, and while the diversity in worldviews of instructors is largely unknown, the movies that students will be exposed to is documented and easy to research.

  • Governor’s School Scrutinized Again

    RALEIGH – The Governor's Schools of North Carolina — held every summer at Salem College in Winston-Salem and at Meredith College in Raleigh — began their sessions this week once again under the watchful eye of the legal watchdog Alliance Defense Fund.

  • Higher Ed Joins Climate-Change Bandwagon

    RALEIGH — Chancellors from two North Carolina institutions of higher education — the largest and one of the smallest — have joined more than 280 other college and university presidents nationally in support of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which is to be officially launched this month.

  • AEI Scholar: Carbon Tax Best Policy

    RALEIGH — Federal action on global warming is inevitable, says a resident scholar from the American Enterprise Institute, so in that context a revenue-neutral carbon tax is probably the best policy that could effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.