Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 24, Number 1 – January 2015

• DENR, Commerce reviewing stimulus grants
• Long-range transportation plan includes tolls, rail

• Budget, highways, Medicaid highlight 2015 session, Page 2
• NCGA chambers still can’t agree on direction Medicaid should take, Page 3
• NCGA support increases for pension reform, Page 4
• State Briefs, Page 4
• Dranias: Balanced budget amendment needed to rein in debt, Page 5
• Skvarla moves from DENR to Commerce in McCrory Cabinet shuffle, Page 6
• Report: Justice reinvestment reducing recidivism, saving money, Page 6
• New measurements lead to drop in N.C. creditworthiness, Page 7

• Common Core commission secures short-term funding, Page 8
• Terry Stoops commentary: An agenda for education in 2015, Page 8
• Board of education backs charter school regional replication, Page 9
• High court: State can prepare for second year of vouchers, Page 10

• Doubts being raised about partnerships with Chinese, Page 17
• George Leef commentary: ‘Leisure Studies’ and serious academics, Page 17
• N.C. universities avoid harmful recession-era cuts, Page 18
• Campus Briefs, Page 18
• Issues in Higher Education: Expanding programs to academically weak led to loan crisis, Page 19

• Charlotte may require residents to pay garbage fees on volume, Page 11
• Michael Lowrey commentary: Police accountability essential but tricky, Page 11
• Transit study a precursor to light rail?, Page 12
• Town and County, Page 12
• Appeals Court upholds six-year easement limitation, Page 13

• Book review: New take on Bennett’s Virtues a hit-and-miss affair, Page 20
• From the Liberty Library, Page 20
• Troy Kickler commentary: Early naturalists marveled at N.C.’s natural, geographic diversity, Page 21
• Book review: Aspiring Adults Adrift sustains questions of the value of college, Page 22
• Book review: Voegeli chastises liberals who make politics a morality play, Page 23

• Editorial: ‘Voter suppression’ myth busted again, Page 24
• Roy Cordato commentary: Health care winners and losers, Page 24
• Editorial: Start me up, Page 25
• Editorial: Minimum losers?, Page 25
• John Hood commentary: Many factors affect state growth, Page 25
• Media Mangle: Are J-schools teaching bias?, Page 26
• Michael Walden commentary: The tenuous middle class, Page 26
• Marc Rotterman commentary: The John Locke Foundation turns 25, Page 27
• Becki Gray commentary: Much to do in new General Assembly session, Page 27

• New farm to lunchroom program arrives at N.C. schools (a CJ parody), Page 28