Archive: Carolina Cronyism

  • N.C. Certificate of Need laws continue causing pain

    In yesterday’s Daily Journal, I wrote about Certificate of Need laws. The issue moved from the theoretical to the concrete for me as I spent the past week nursing my husband through a pretty painful kidney stone and associated blockage. Every few hours, I administered more opioids. He missed…

  • Laying waste to the landfill monopoly

    North Carolina House Bill 56 got a lot of press earlier this fall when the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation. But most of the discussion was about GenX, an industrial chemical that had been found in the Cape Fear River, and the associated health concerns.

  • Report: CSX Rocky Mount project dead

    Train News Wire, a railroad industry trade publication, reported Thursday the Carolina Connector project, a $272-million intermodal rail hub scheduled for the Rocky Mount area, was canceled by the rail company. The project was set to receive $100 million in subsidies from North Carolina taxpayers. According to…

  • Sugary incentives harmful to economic health 

    I’ve enjoyed following the drama surrounding location of Amazon’s second headquarters and, make no mistake, drama it certainly has been. Amazon probably missed an opportunity by simply issuing a request for proposal rather than turning it into a reality TV series available exclusively on Prime. Tucson tried to give Jeff Bezos a cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, offered to rename…

  • Legislature makes film subsidy permanent, shifts appeals to AG

    State Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, bucked conservative critics who strenuously objected to making a $30-million taxpayer subsidy to Hollywood a permanent annual state allocation. In fact, he helped lead the charge to approve Senate Bill 582, an omnibus measure that repealed a…