Carolina Journal (page 5)

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    CJ Commentary: Big Almond and Big Coconut aren’t pulling the wool over your eyes

    Is it milk or is it something else? And do consumers realize that milk is milk, and other stuff doesn’t come from an animal? That’s the nut of the debate here in North Carolina and in Washington D.C., as Carolina Journal Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson explains: The farm bill became law…
    Donna Martinez, August 2, 2018
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    Can small towns be saved?

    A number of towns and cities have gone overbudget and lack the staff or oversight to successfully manage their finances warned State Auditor Beth Wood and Revenue Secretary Ronald Penny at a recent Local Government Commission meeting. The biggest problem is their small size. In the most recent estimate from the…
    Joseph Coletti, July 31, 2018
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    “The Tax-and-Spend Health-Care Solution”

    That’s the title of a WSJ opinion piece by economist John Cochrane. As he explains in the subtitle, “Honest subsidies beat cross-subsidies. They’d encourage competition and innovation.” Here’s an excerpt: Why is paying for health care such a mess in America? Why is it so hard to fix?…
    Jon Guze, July 30, 2018
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    Do Local Newspapers Save Taxpayers Money?

    Readers of the Raleigh News & Observer might not believe it, but despite its editorial support of higher taxes and government spending, its very presence may help keep spending and taxes lower than they could be. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Notre…
    Joseph Coletti, July 25, 2018
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    Ballots Won’t Include Captions Describing Constitutional Amendments

    How will your November ballot look? Six constitutional amendments will be on the North Carolina ballot, and you will be asked to approve or reject each one. Tuesday’s special legislative session determined the wording on the ballot, as Carolina Journal reports: In a special session convened with less than…
    Donna Martinez, July 25, 2018
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    These 6 constitutional amendments will appear on the November ballot

    Come November, North Carolina voters will give a thumbs up or thumbs down to six amendments to the North Carolina constitution. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak details the six, and she provides interesting background. Out of the 45 amendments proposed since the adoption of the 1971 constitution, voters rejected just…
    Donna Martinez, July 10, 2018
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    US Supreme Court Will Rule Soon in Two Gerrymandering Cases

    Galen Druke provides a useful analysis at FiveThirtyEight: In the next few weeks — or even days! — extreme partisan gerrymandering may be rescued from legal purgatory. Is it constitutional or not? For years, we haven’t known. But by the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme…
    Jon Guze, June 15, 2018
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    Improving data in state government

    State Auditor Beth Wood and her staff work in a building that has been smoke-free for years. It has been illegal to smoke in state-government buildings since 2010. In recent testimony to the Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, however, Wood noted that janitorial contracts require ash trays to be emptied every…
    Joseph Coletti, May 30, 2018