NC General Assembly

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    CJ reports: NCGA General Fund budget $24 billion, $500 million less than governor’s

    Carolina Journal‘s Dan Way reports: Republican legislative leaders have reached agreement on a 2019-20 General Fund budget cap of slightly more than $24 billion, shaving about $500 million from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed spending plan. (See Editor’s note at end of this story.) Senate leader Phil Berger,…
    Anna Manning, March 20, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on bills to change North Carolina’s school performance grades. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why no one should expect a rerun of the 2018 election cycle in this year’s two special N.C. congressional races.
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2019
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    CJ reports: Latest bills to reform N.C. liquor laws would benefit state’s craft distilleries

    Carolina Journal‘s John Trump reports: The stack of bills from N.C. lawmakers looking to reform and modernize the state’s 80-year-old liquor laws is growing. In the Senate, lawmakers filed Senate Bill 290 on Monday, March 18. A companion bill, House Bill 378, came Tuesday morning. The measures would…
    Anna Manning, March 19, 2019
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    Clear criminal laws would save money

    In a 2017 white paper on the need to rewrite North Carolina’s criminal code, Jessica Smith, the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC School of Government, observed that “ambiguities, loopholes and inconsistencies in the law drive up the cost of criminal…
    Mike Schietzelt, March 19, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online the latest developments in East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton’s planned departure. The Daily Journal explains that combatants in one of 2018’s most hotly contested legislative elections both support a change that would boost legislative transparency.
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Research Update: Time for the N.C. Senate to Step Up on Eminent Domain

    JLF’s Director of Legal Studies, Jon Guze, writes that North Carolina earned a C- in eminent domain law. Only 18 other states do worse. As explained in the John Locke Foundation’s Freedom in North Carolinareport, North Carolina’s failure to adequately protect private property from eminent domain abuse is…
    Anna Manning, March 18, 2019
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    Daily Journal: State Continues To Expand Freedom

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal‘s Daily Journal: Among the 50 states, North Carolina is relatively free. There are various ways to measure this. One reasonable and consumer-friendly tool is the Cato Institute’s “Freedom in the 50 States” project. On its website, you can compare state performance on…
    Anna Manning, March 18, 2019
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    Daily Journal: How to expand insurance coverage without expanding Medicaid

    Great ideas from JLF’s Becki Gray on increasing access to care and decreasing costs without expanding Medicaid: We don’t have to join the government spiral. When we reduce the cost of health care, and as health care costs go down, the cost of health insurance will go down, too,…
    Anna Manning, March 15, 2019