Planning

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    JLF’s Terry Stoops Quoted in Education Week Article on Concerns About Racial and Socio-Economic Diversity in Wake County Schools

    This week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops was quoted by Education Week in an article focused on the racial and socio-economic imbalances between schools in the Wake County public school district. According to the reporter, Christina Samuels: 10 years ago, voters [in Wake County] who were angered by frequent school reassignments…
    Brenee Goforth, August 14, 2019
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    State Department of Transportation hit by storm and state constitution

    North Carolina’s Department of Transportation announced it is reviewing up to 1,000 temporary and contract jobs for temporary layoffs, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Those positions are vulnerable, in part, because NCDOT has paid $675 million over the past three years responding to storm damage. Compensation for decades…
    Joseph Coletti, August 14, 2019
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    Local Doctor Sues the State over “Arcane” CON Laws

    This week, the Winston-Salem Journal published a piece on Dr. Gajendra Singh, a surgeon providing low-cost screenings and health care services. According to the story: [Singh is] suing the state over arcane rules that basically allow it to control the marketplace through a monopoly rather than patients/consumers and old-fashioned competition.
    Brenee Goforth, August 13, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Gerrymandering trial features much ado about the wrong thing

    In his most recent opinion piece for Carolina Journal, Mitch Kokai discusses the recently concluded arguments for Common Cause v. Lewis. According to Kokai: Judges in the Common Cause v. Lewis election redistricting trial must answer a relatively simple question: Does the N.C. Constitution limit partisan gerrymandering? Kokai explains that neither the arguments put…
    Brenee Goforth, August 6, 2019
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    Pension funding assumptions

    North Carolina had the sixth-best funded pension for state employees and teachers in the country in 2017, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Past and present state leaders deserve credit for regularly setting aside enough money to meet those pension obligations. The pension system also holds up well in…
    Joseph Coletti, July 18, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Avoiding top-down approach to disadvantaged districts

    Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai has written a commentary published in Carolina Journal on the discussion surrounding a recent report from the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division. The report centers on student performance in school districts it labels “predominantly disadvantaged” (see image). Kokai explains: Evaluators identified 1,988 school districts…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    Coletti Comments on “Project Bear,” A Secretive Attempt from North Carolina to Attract more from Apple

    WRAL reported on North Carolina’s elusive efforts to recruit Apple to the state. Even though Apple announced they were placing their new campus in Texas, WRAL’s investigative reporter, Tyler Dukes, reports Wake County and the Department of Commerce are still trying to woo Apple into North Carolina in an effort…
    Brenee Goforth, June 20, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019