Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

G’boro poised to jump off the incentives cliff

From today’s Triad Business Journal… A public hearing will be held Tuesday on an incentives package for the redevelopment of the Southeastern Building in downtown Greensboro. The project to redevelop one of the most prominent buildings in downtown Greensboro has long been on hold as developers Willard Tucker and Barry Siegal attempted to shore upContinue Reading

Film Incentives, Again

Thank goodness for North Carolina film incentives!  I don’t know about you, but as a taxpayer, I’m really glad we gave tax credits worth almost $1.8 million for the production of this gem, Piranha 3DD, that’s now been nominated for two Razzies – one for “Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel” and one for “Worst SupportingContinue Reading

Who trains our teachers?

Interesting factoid of the day: In North Carolina, nearly one-third of teachers who were awarded initial certification/licensure received their training in another state. State Percent Trained Out of State (2011) Alaska 75.3% Wyoming 70.5% Maryland 68.5% Hawaii 57.3% Colorado 46.4% Vermont 44.8% District of Columbia 42.4% Tennessee 41.4% Kansas 40.4% North Dakota 37.2% Idaho 36.2%Continue Reading

Spending Superhero Mad Libs

I haven’t offered one of these in a while, but then again, I haven’t encountered a story such as this in a while (yes, the federal government dropping $100 large to make this video game in this economic environment would also have to make at least the top quintile of stupidest things I’ve ever heard).Continue Reading

Education Week: NC earns a C+

Speaking of grades, Education Week released their annual Diplomas Count publication earlier this week. North Carolina earned a score of 77.7, good enough for a C+ grade.  Our state’s score was slightly higher than the national average (76.9) and placed North Carolina 21st out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Maryland had theContinue Reading

Hood’s expectations

If you haven’t read John Hood’s column this morning, do so. It is a thorough j’accuse of the completely irresponsible leadership of our nation by the president, his party’s Senate, and the “opposition” party’s House. Here’s how it begins, and it keeps up that blistering pace throughout: In response to four years of massive federalContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As new N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory prepares for this weekend’s official inauguration ceremony, his top appointees are already starting their work leading many of state government’s most important agencies. Rick Henderson discusses some of McCrory’s key appointments during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato will discuss how McCrory and state lawmakers couldContinue Reading

New Treasury Secretary

President Obama has announced our nation’s new treasury secretary,White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.  Where I was not a fan of everything Timothy Geithner did in his last four years as Secretary, I would much prefer his previous experience with the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York than ourContinue Reading