Carolina Journal Weekly Report

Weekly Report 2010-06-04

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of
June 04, 2010

Reaction of the Week

SOUTHPORT — Nearly five years have passed since
the North Carolina State Ports Authority bought 600 acres near Southport
to build a $3 billion project it calls “America’s next great port”
reports Carolina Journal. Project boosters are confident the port will be built even though at
least five more years of study will pass before construction might
begin. The next study phase is on hold pending a commitment from the
administration of Gov. Bev Perdue.

The authority claims the project will support over 400,000 jobs,
generate additional state and local tax revenues, and “offer convenience
to millions of U. S. consumers and businesses.”

The project has attracted significant opposition from NoPort Southport, a
nonprofit established to oppose it actively. A study commissioned by
NoPort Southport questions the ability of a new port to handle enough
traffic to make it viable commercially when the nearby Wilmington port,
also owned by the state, is being expanded.

Moreover, the proximity of the proposed port to Progress Energy’s
Brunswick Nuclear Plant has raised concerns about both the plant’s
security and potential emergency access to the facility if freight
trains servicing the port were to stall or derail.

News Features

CJ: Perdue, legislature tangle over bridge repairs
RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue has asked the General Assembly to create a
N.C. Mobility Fund to help pay for some of the road and bridge
improvements. Funding would come from a $7.00 increase in car
registration fees and a 25 percent increase in the fees insurance
companies pay for copies of driver license records.

CJ: N.C. seeks to expand high-risk insurance pool
RALEIGH — The federal health care law passed this year appropriated $5
billion to set up temporary high-risk pools by July 1. These pools will
cover individuals with pre-existing medical conditions who otherwise
would have to wait until 2014 to be covered by the health insurance
exchanges created by the law.

CJ: Runoff fever heats up N.C. Republicans
RALEIGH — What was good news for Republicans in
March — a record-breaking number of candidates vying for nomination to
Democrat-held congressional seats — has become bad news this summer. The
GOP has three congressional runoffs scheduled for June 22, a
development that’s sure to drain resources and could dilute candidates’
strength in the general election.

CJ: Court: Manmade ditch is a navigable waterway
RALEIGH — Is a manmade ditch considered navigable under state law, and
thus public property, if fishing boats use it? The state’s
second-highest court ruled May 18 that it is — and such manmade waters
are subject to the state’s public trust doctrine.

House gives final budget OK; negotiations ahead
RALEIGH — The state House completed work early Friday on its version of
the North Carolina government budget for next year that emphasized
public schools and small businesses but chose to wait until later on how
to handle a potential $500 million shortfall if extra Medicaid money
doesn’t materialize. The House voted 63-49 in favor of the $18.9 billion
budget shortly after midnight. It came after a long day Thursday when
the chamber debated for more than six hours and considered more than 30
amendments before giving the plan initial approval by a narrower margin.

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 07, 2010 at 12:00 noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
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Special August Events
with our special guests Appalachian Institution Guest Faculty
Lectures on Religion, Culture, the Financial Crisis, and Liberty

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Capital Quotes

North Carolina state government is in a mess.
Pat McCrory, former Charlotte and 2008 Republican gubernatorial nominee, as quoted by the Associated Press announcing the creation of his New Leadership PAC. McCrory is widely believed to be preparing to run for governor again in 2012.

I’d describe it as a Global TransPark on steroids.
— Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, talking about the proposed N.C. International Terminal in Southport. An amendment successfully offered by Harrison stripped funding for a study of the proposed port’s viability from the budget passed by the House.

This stuff is an absolute, complete waste.
— Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, as quoted by the Greensboro News & Record, commenting on high school end of course testing. The House eliminating funding for the tests in geometry, U.S. history, physical science, economics and civics.

If we pay everyone equally, regardless of effectiveness, we send the wrong message — we’re not valuing your gifts.
— Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, arguing before the State Board of Education for merit pay for teachers.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Roy Cordato debunks myths about corporate subsidies and incentives, JLF’s Becki Gray reacts to comments from Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson about career and technical education; JLF’s Joe Coletti responds to Sen. Josh Stein and legislative staffer Cindy Avrette about the “little cigar” tax; Michael Flynn of and N.C. Freedom members protest against ObamaCare; and JLF’s Daren Bakst explains why the debate over allowing dogs in restaurants is really a property rights issue.

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: Runoff elections; ideas for improve the election process; the accomplishments of the Public School Forum; and whether the Racial Justice Act needs to be modified or repealed. This week’s panelists: John Hood and Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; and former Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten.


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