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  • North Carolina is a Net Importer of Physicians

    Health care experts are calling for more transparency in how tax dollars are being spent on physician residency programs. North Carolina ranks 5th in the nation in the amount of graduate medical education (GME) funding it receives, yet the state is an overall net importer of doctors. “I’m…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 20, 2018, 221 words
  • Digest of Education Statistics is full of education statistics!

    The U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), released the annual Digest of Education Statistics report today.  The report includes data up to 2016. Some of the more noteworthy factoids include, The pupil-staff ratio in North Carolina was 8.1 in fall 2014.  It was almost…
    Terry Stoops, February 20, 2018, 141 words
  • Examining the Right to Earn a Living Act, part 1

    It starts with the premise that "The right of individuals to pursue a chosen business or profession, free from arbitrary or excessive government interference, is a fundamental civil right." North Carolina already has the same basic principle inscribed in its state constitution.
    Jon Sanders, February 20, 2018, 299 words
  • Amazon, Raleigh and public transit, part II

    Antiplanner’s post on public transit’s “disastrous year”—ridership is falling even in the country’s largest, most-densely-populated cities such as New York and Washington— has this interesting nugget: Some people have convinced themselves that, if only their cities had rail transit, they would have been considered for Amazon’s second headquarters. If…
    Sam Hieb, February 20, 2018, 130 words
  • Another great idea: Taxing innovators to pay for welfare

    Editors at Investor’s Business Daily pan a new study from across the pond. It suggests taxing innovative companies in order to pay for a universal basic income. A new “study” in Britain suggests that by raising taxes sharply on Facebook, Amazon and Apple, the government could pay for…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2018, 279 words
  • Understaffing, Inadequate Training, and Prisoner Mental Health Issues

    Horrific events inside North Carolina’s prison system have focused attention inside and outside government on addressing the system’s many needs related to staffing challenges, work environment, and prisoner mental health and addiction issues. Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports in the February cover story. An April altercation at Bertie Correctional…
    Donna Martinez, February 20, 2018, 184 words
  • Looking to Idaho for more than just potatoes

    The Washington Examiner explains why the Gem State could serve as an example for dealing with the Affordable Care Act‘s failure. Congressional Republicans failed to repeal or replace Obamacare. But one state has come up with a way to get around it. Idaho is dealing with Obamacare by…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2018, 247 words
  • Questioning Confucius institutes on campus

    Natalie Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon reports on increased scrutiny of Chinese-backed institutes on American college campuses. American universities hosting Chinese-backed Confucius Institutes need to make public the details of their arrangements, including the amount of money they receive from the organization, according to regional experts. Though…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2018, 206 words
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