Print Editions

  • Volume 11, Number 7 – July 2004

    Cover • Disagreement over accountability for North Carolina’s information resources systems has created friction between the existing oversight panel and Gov. Mike Easley’s budget director. Page 1 North Carolina • Onerous urban planning is driving former Portland, Ore. residents across the Columbia River into Vancouver, Wash., according to a community…

  • Volume 11, Number 6 – June 2004

    Cover • A workshop conducted in late March, led by experts in getting economic development incentives from state and local governments, shows that large companies are now banding together to learn how to extract as much public money as possible from elected officials. Page 1 North Carolina • After originally…

  • Volume 11, Number 5 – May 2004

    Cover • When Gov. Mike Easley introduced his proposed biennial budget last year, he asked for spending limits, and was ignored. After four years of budget deficits and raising taxes, is it finally time for a Taxpayer Bill of Rights in North Carolina? Page 1 North Carolina • The air…

  • Volume 11, Number 4 – April 2004

    Cover • No matter how North Carolina slices them, “targeted economic incentives” — such as the $534 million package offered to Boeing to start a new plant at the Global TransPark in Kinston — discriminate against companies already doing business in the state, both supporters and opponents of the inducements…

  • Volume 13, Number 3 – March 2004

    Cover • In North Carolina and everywhere else in the country, a sense of hopelessness exists for a shared federal-state crisis: Medicaid. Costs for the program that provides inexpensive health-care coverage for the poor, aged, and infirm has spun out of control, and promises only to escalate in the future.

  • Volume 13, Number 2 – February 2004

    Cover • Negotiations with a now-defunct company in 2001-02 revealed fissures in North Carolina’s economic development structure, which apparently are harming the state’s ability to lure business. Page 1 North Carolina • CropTech Corp. negotiated a relocation package to come to North Carolina through State Sen. Marc Basnight because company…

  • Volume 13, Number 1 – January 2004

    Cover • Is the appointment of an independent redistricting commission the solution to breaking North Carolina’s unrelenting conflicts over the process in the General Assembly? A look at other states with such panels doesn’t produce optimism. Page 1 North Carolina • A precedent set in July by the N.C. Supreme…

  • Volume 12, Number 12 – December 2003

    Cover • Illiteracy is still a pervasive problem in North Carolina, and new federal standards are adding pressure to improve student performance. Public schools, community colleges, and nonprofit organizations want to reduce the number of uneducated adults and to prevent the statistics from growing in the future. Page 1 North…

  • Volume 12, Number 11 – November 2003

    Cover • The John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, failed to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funds, according to an audit released Oct. 22 by the State Auditor’s Office. Page 1 North Carolina • Last year Lenoir County’s emergency medical…

  • Volume 12, Number 10 – October 2003

    Cover • The 6,450 layoffs at Pillowtex, Inc., which included about 4,800 in North Carolina, may have been mitigated had the union representing its employees not blocked a deal to sell the company. Page 1 North Carolina • The secondary deal behind the purchase of North Carolina Natural Gas by…