Archive: Carolina Cronyism

  • Lawmakers: Acupuncture board’s actions could be illegal restraint of trade

    A pair of North Carolina occupational licensing boards warring over who may lawfully use acupuncture needles for treatment and therapy could thrust the state into another constitutional embarrassment, state Sen. Andy Wells said Tuesday. The N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board and the N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners have taken turns…

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…

  • The Big Cat (allegedly) misbehaved; will N.C. taxpayers get the tab?

    Almost as shocking as the allegations of sexual and racial misconduct about Carolina Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson published Friday was the news Sunday night that the founding owner of the NFL franchise would sell it at season’s end. The club also announced Monday Richardson immediately would surrender daily management responsibilities.

  • Global TransPark expanding, but overall investment still lags badly

    A $55.7 million expansion by the N.C. Global TransPark’s anchor tenant would bring that company’s total investment to less than half of what then-Gov. Mike Easley promised in 2008. Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit AeroSystems is the world’s largest independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components, and it’s one of just…

  • Q&A: Charlotte-based makeup artist challenges N.C. licensing law 

    Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani wanted to open a makeup artistry school, but the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners wouldn’t allow it unless she agreed to teach esthetics and bought thousands of dollars of unrelated equipment. Now, along with the Institute for Justice, Bukvic-Bhayani is suing the board. Carolina Journal Associate Editor Lindsay Marchello sat…

  • Failed megaport site still vacant and is losing value

    The 600-acre waterfront property in Southport set aside for a state-run “megaport” remains vacant and the N.C. State Ports Authority has no plans to develop or sell it. The property’s most recent tax appraisal also shows the land is worth half its original purchase price. The Star-News of Wilmington…

  • 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…