Planning (page 3)

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    “Anywhere you live, you’ve got to have rules and regulations. Otherwise, you would just have whatever.”

    The comment above is from Forest Park City Manager Angela Redding, explaining to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter why the city shut down a fruit and vegetable stand operated by an area preschool. The garden originally started as an outdoor learning environment for kids who needed to get out…
    Terry Stoops, September 24, 2019
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    Should North Carolina Insure Our Health Insurance?

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published a research brief examining the merits of reinsurance in state health exchanges and whether or not it could be a viable option for North Carolina. What is Reinsurance? It works a lot like personal health insurance. In individual health insurance, you pay a…
    Brenee Goforth, September 19, 2019
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    What replaces the old institutions?

    Younger people and older working class men are the vanguard of a loss of trust in traditional institutions. They have been hardest hit by lack of opportunity and lack of human connection. Jordan Roberts has commented on the effects among Millennials. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic highlights the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2019
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    CJ Reports: GOP lawmakers vow to speed disaster relief for Hurricanes Florence and Matthew

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad reported on North Carolina’s slow-moving response to hurricanes Florence and Matthew. Conrad writes: Jones County residents are still feeling the effects of recent hurricanes. At least one of the county’s three towns remains flooded, and two of its six schools were condemned. … Last…
    Brenee Goforth, August 29, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Back-to-school fake news

    This week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal centering on the reported vacancies in North Carolina public schools. Dr. Stoops writes: During the first few weeks of every new school year, the mainstream media and public–school advocacy organizations proclaim North Carolina has a severe teacher…
    Brenee Goforth, August 23, 2019
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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