Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 89)

  • Friday Parody: NC Solar Farms and Wine Country Team Up!

    We know North Carolinians are creative, but this is amazing. Remember, it’s a parody, but what if this were real? The North Carolina Solar Power Association is battling the perception that utility-scale solar installations, also called solar farms, are “just plain ugly,” the group’s spokeswoman, Caitlyn Vines, told Carolina…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2017
  • Court Decision Could Clear the Way for Final Payments to Eugenics Victims

    JLF’s Jon Guze offers background on North Carolina’s eugenics program — a horrific episode in North Carolina history. Readers who are new to this publication may be shocked to learn that between 1933 when the General Assembly created the state Eugenics Board, and 1977 when the Board was finally…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2017
  • Want Affordable Health Insurance? Scale Back on Benefit Mandates

    JLF health care expert Katherine Restrepo is urging lawmakers to re-examine dozens of state health benefit mandates.  “In an era of rising health care costs and uncertainty about the future of federal health care reform, state lawmakers are presented with an opportunity to act on a health policy issue…
    Donna Martinez, June 15, 2017
  • Are Apprenticeships All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

    From Terry Stoops: Recently, both the North Carolina General Assembly and the Trump administration have earned praise by announcing plans to expand and strengthen apprenticeship and workforce development programs.  Nevertheless, apprenticeships are far from a foolproof way to address deficiencies in the workforce.  Before the state and federal…
    Donna Martinez, June 14, 2017
  • “What ought to worry North Carolina leaders, regardless of party or ideology, is that the labor market and other indicators are suggesting a recent weakening of the state’s economic momentum.”

    As John Hood writes here, state lawmakers, the governor, and taxpayers should take note of a key economic number and act wisely with state resources. Since the beginning of this year, there have been no net new jobs created in North Carolina. In fact, using the latest data from…
    Donna Martinez, June 14, 2017
  • Budget-Paring Tool Would Save N.C. Taxpayers $455 Million Next Year

    North Carolina legislators could save taxpayers another $455 million in the next budget year. They would meet that target by using a tool called consensus-based budgeting. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report offers details. JLF is releasing its report as N.C. House and Senate budget negotiators work out…
    Donna Martinez, June 13, 2017
  • Gov. Cooper’s Selective Constitutionalism In Redistricting Fight

    Mitch Kokai notes that a look at North Carolina’s Constitution provides important context to Gov. Cooper’s recent actions and comments on redistricting. Read it here.
    Donna Martinez, June 13, 2017
  • Save Your Seat For Monday, June 19 at JLF

    In this presentation, JLF’s Jon Pritchett and Duke University’s Ed Tiryakian will discuss how ESPN, the NCAA, FIFA, the IOC and other sports governing bodies, media partners and corporate leaders are trying to usurp federalism, competition, and common sense in order to advance progressive policies.
    Donna Martinez, June 13, 2017