Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 24, Number 8 – August 2015

• I-77 Lawsuit: Toll Deal Unconstitutional
• Stanly College eatery raises ethics concerns

• Brock: Fiscal data site should be no problem, Page 2
• Tech companies push for mandates, collect subsidies, too, Page 3
• Guidelines lacking for shutting down solar farms, Page 4
• State Briefs, Page 4
• State consumer licensing board hires lobbyist to oppose changes, Page 5
• Mercatus scholar: N.C. fiscal standing has room to improve, Page 6
• General Assembly taking fresh look at state asset sales, Page 7
• Committee: State needs to boost retiree health funding, Page 7

• Audit: Robeson misspent $3.16 million in Medicaid funds, Page 8
• Kristen Blair commentary: Why opting out is suddenly in, Page 8
• N.C. Supreme Court upholds opportunity scholarship program, Page 9

• Freshman reading selections echo current social themes, Page 17
• George Leef commentary: College can be a bad investment, Page 17
• A key missing ingredient: High school counseling, Page 18
• Commentary, by Jay Schalin, Page 18
• Issues in Higher Education: Universities are not sure-thing stimulators of dull economy, Page 19

• Sen. Brown, Gov. McCrory scuffle over local sales tax changes, Page 10
• JLF: County incentives total $284 million over five years, Page 11
• Wilmington debates value of at-large council districts, Page 12
• Appeals Court: Counties must take care with ‘spot zoning,’ Page 12
• Local map act law lets Wilmington dodge legal liability, Page 13

• Book review: Bowling Alone author Putnam tosses a gutter ball, Page 20
• From the Liberty Library, Page 20
• Troy Kickler commentary: Tryon had major impact on North Carolina’s colonial history, Page 21
• Book review: David Boaz explains how big government undermines society, Page 22
• Book review: Entertaining ‘Spinglish’ dictionary betrays definite spin of its own, Page 23

• Editorial: Release the records, Gov. McCrory, Page 24
• Katherine Restrepo commentary: Mandating our way to higher health costs, Page 24
• Editorial: Tax reform teams, Page 25
• Editorial: N.C. sets higher bar, Page 25
• John Hood commentary: The right call on vouchers, Page 25
• Media Mangle: The media and Planned Parenthood, Page 26
• Michael Walden commentary: Outside forces affect N.C. economy, Page 26
• Andy Taylor commentary: Wake school battles tough to pigeonhole, Page 27
• Becki Gray commentary: Transparency should be a state priority, Page 27

• Recyclers envision toxic solar panels as coffee tables (a CJ parody), Page 28