Carolina Journal Weekly Report

Weekly Report 2005-04-22

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of
April 22,
2005
carolinajournal.com


Reaction of the Week

The “clean smokestacks”
legislation,
passed in 2002, mandates that a commission be established
to study policy
options for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The General Assembly
is currently considering legislation to establish
such a commission.

But
according to Dr. Roy Cordato, vice president for research at the John Locke
Foundation
,
it makes little sense for the state of North Carolina to pursue
such
policies. This is because there is nothing that the state could do
that
would have any impact on the global climate, even if one believes
that
significant human-induced warming is occurring.

In a new Spotlight
briefing
paper, Cordato writes that if North Carolina were to try and
reduce greenhouse
gas emissions, it would destroy tens of thousands of
jobs. In other words
a greenhouse gas reduction policy would have only costs and no benefits.

The
mandate to form such a committee was not considered in light of sound science
or economics, Cordato says. A CO2 reduction policy for North Carolina would
do nothing to either affect global climate or improve the health and well-being
of North Carolina’s citizens.



News Features

Lottery, ‘sin’ taxes
could be included in state budget

RALEIGH — Call it the sin-tax budget,
complete with provisions for a
state lottery and higher taxes on cigarettes
and possibly alcohol as
well. N.C. Senate leaders say they will probably
include provisions
creating a lottery in the budget plan for 2005-07 that
they will
present in two weeks, despite predictions that is will make
it harder
for the budget to pass the House.

State grants to nonprofits
unaccounted for

RALEIGH — More than half of the nonprofit organizations
required to
account for how they spent millions in state dollars last
year had
failed to do so by March 31, according to an analysis by the
state
auditor’s office. State Auditor Les Merritt was expected to dispatch
warning
letters by Monday to the approximately 1,000 groups that had
not submitted
either financial reports or audits.

Lawsuit to be filed soon on Dell incentives
GREENSBORO
— The former N.C. Supreme Court justice who plans to sue
the city
of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County regarding its $37 million
incentives
package for Dell Inc. said he will do so within the next
three weeks.
Former Justice Robert Orr, now executive director of the
N.C. Institute
for Constitutional Law, a public interest legal group,
said the suit will
be filed on behalf of either individuals, small
businesses or a combination.

Continued
state funding questioned for GTP

RALEIGH — In 1991 Governor Jim Martin
announced plans for a massive
industrial complex that could restore the
sagging economy of eastern
North Carolina. The complex would be called
the Global TransPark. The
state selected Kinston as the site. But over
the years the project has
been plagued by permitting delays, management
problems and scandal and
has failed to live up to its promise. GTP critics
say it’s time for
state leaders to admit that the GTP is a giant
boondoggle.

Golden LEAF vote adds to incentives debate
RALEIGH — NC
Golden LEAF voted Thursday on a request for up to $15
million to help
business recruiters in Edgecombe County attract a new
Gatorade plant.
Board chairman William Clarke wouldn’t say whether the
vote went up or
down, citing a confidentiality agreement. The potential
deal puts Golden
LEAF in the middle of a growing debate about the
state’s use of economic
incentives to lure business. Incentives have
become increasingly common
in the past year – not to mention bigger.

Skeptics say Edwards already campaigning
CHAPEL
HILL — John Edwards is all eye contact and broad smiles as he
moves
through the crowd of UNC students, shaking hands, nodding
knowingly, making
small talk. At the lectern he speaks with polished
earnestness, rattling
off fact after fact and statistic after
statistic, the occasional hand
gesture driving a point home. Though the
subject matter is poverty, an
unsuspecting passerby might catch the
wrong part of the speech and figure
Edwards is campaigning. But he
isn’t. Right?

UNCW prof sails against liberal
college tide

WILMINGTON — The door to the office of Mike Adams, associate
professor
of criminal justice at UNC-Wilmington, seems more like a
window into his
soul. The bumper stickers, fliers, advertisements,
printouts and photographs
attached to the door provide a vivid
sociopolitical view of the office’s
occupant. The door’s message is
clear: This fella isn’t your typical university
professor.

Bill would cut Blue Cross profits for uninsured
RALEIGH —
An Orange County legislator has introduced a bill that
would pay for health
care for low-income people by seizing hundreds of
millions of dollars
from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
The bill, which Blue
Cross calls unconstitutional, is one of three
pending House measures that
propose a range of approaches for
curtailing the nonprofit insurer’s profits,
which hit a record $196
million in 2003 before coming in at $156 million
last year.

UNC will identify presidency search finalists
BOONE — Although
some members are clearly concerned about publicly
identifying finalists
for the UNC system presidency, the system’s Board
of Governors approved
a plan Thursday to do just that. The board
endorsed a plan that stipulated
that finalists for the job be made
public. Prior to approving the plan,
several members said they feared
scaring away high-quality candidates
who wouldn’t want their interest
in the position known.

Low grad rates
have state colleges on edge

ASHEVILLE — Just about anyone who went
to a big state university
remembers the same exercise in freshmen orientation.
Look to your
right, a dean said from a distant podium. Look to your left.
Only one
of you will be here four years from now. Universities have long
accepted
that some students graduate and some don’t for many different
reasons.
But all that is changing in an increasingly competitive global
job market.






Upcoming
Events

Monday, April 25, 2005 at Noon
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with Dr.
V. Philip Muñoz
In God We Trust? Religion and the Supreme Court

Wednesday,
April 27, 2005 at 12 Noon

Headliner Luncheon
with Bradley A. Smith
Campaign
Finance: The Incredible Shrinking First Amendment

John Locke Foundation Carolina Journal Online
The Locker Room Carolina Journal Radio

Capital
Quotes

My husband is a good man. All he wants to do is just work.

GiGi Cruz, wife of Alvin Cruz, as quoted by the Greensboro News & Record
reacting
to her husband’s arrest in March, along with 26 other men
employed at
a Greensboro airport, on illegal immigration charges.

You get what
you pay for. You’re getting a bunch of old men, lawyers, doctors and wealthy
people. We’re losing the citizens’ legislature.

— State Sen.
David Weinstein, D-Hoke, as quoted by the
Associated Press explaining
legislation he introduced this week to increase state legislators’ pay
and per diem.

If people can be sued for merely asking, the cost would
be prohibitive to most people. It would allow government to avoid answering
the public by merely making them afraid to ask the question.


Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the state’s ACLU, as quoted by
The Outer Banks Sentinel
explaining why her group has joined with the
North Carolina Press
Association, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters,
and the
John Locke Foundation in filing an amicus curiae brief supporting
an
Alamance County newspaper editor who is being sued by the city of
Burlington
because he accused it of violating the state’s Open
Meetings laws.

I
thank God that Israel only has to make peace with Palestinians and former
terrorists, and not with the Middle Eastern Studies department at Columbia
University.

— Civil liberties lawyer and Harvard Law School
Professor Alan Dershowitz as quoted by the Durham Herald-Sun in his keynote
speech given this week at Duke University for Jewish Awareness Week.




On
The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Join host John
Hood
for the most informative news hour on the North Carolina radio waves.
This week, John Locke Foundation policy analyst Karen Palasek discusses
her recent Free Market Minute dispelling myths about inflation. Next, African
American conservative and Bush appointee to the US Civil Rights Commission
Peter Kirsanow will discuss the end of the victim grievance model of civil
rights. Then, Santa Clara University professor of economics Daniel Klein
will discuss the contentious issue of ideology in academia. And last, John
Baden

with the Foundation for Research on Economics and Environmentalism
will
discuss his interesting theories on free market environmentalism.



NC Spin

This
week on NC Spin…

Join moderator Tom Campbell for another week of
political
discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk
show in
the state. This week’s topics include: possible in-state tuition
for
illegal immigrants, cutting the education budget, the state Senate
takes
up the lottery debate, and Chief Justice  I. Beverly Lake
seeks an
Innocence Panel.



At Issue

This week on At Issue…
Triangle viewers can tune
in as host Monty Knight moderates another panel discussion with Carolina
Journal’s
Donna Martinez and the Carolinian’s Cash Michaels.
This week,
panelists will debate the recent federal bankruptcy laws
signed by President
George W. Bush this week with attorneys for both
bankruptcy filers and
creditors. Then Durham Mayor Bill Bell will
discuss his city’s push for
more government funding to fight crime.

 

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