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    Sales Tax Promises

    Scott Sexton at the Winston-Salem Journal raises an important concern about county sales tax promises. Forsyth County commissioners say revenue from a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase will go to teachers, but under a strange (and correctable) quirk in state law that pertains to such things, county officials can’t…
    Joseph Coletti, October 4, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Uncertain policy has economic cost

    This week, syndicated columnist John Hood published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal on the economic costs of such uncertain policy. Hood writes: [T]here is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that the uncertainty of economic policy is itself harmful to the economy. When people can’t predict with at least…
    Brenee Goforth, September 23, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Transparency essential to health reform

    This week, syndicated columnist John Hood published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal on transparency in health care. According to Hood: When State Treasurer Dale Folwell took office in early 2017, he found North Carolina’s State Health Plan to be in even worse shape than he originally thought. Costs were…
    Brenee Goforth, August 29, 2019
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    JLF’s Jordan Roberts Offers Five Ways to Lower Health Care Costs in the Fayetteville Observer

    Last week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published an opinion piece in the Fayetteville Observer on methods to lower the cost of health care. According to Roberts, health care expenditures have gotten out-of-hand: Inflation-adjusted national health expenditures per person were $2,848 in 1980. In 2017, Americans paid $10,379 per person in health…
    Brenee Goforth, August 15, 2019
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    It’s Time to Reform the N.C. Criminal Code

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt reported in a research brief on the state of North Carolina’s criminal code. Schietzelt puts forward an ordinance from Lillington, N.C. as an example of the overcomplexity and disorganization of criminal laws in the state. Lillington Ordinance 90.26 reads: 90.26 POSSESSION OF ANIMALS AND STRAYS.
    Brenee Goforth, 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 Reports: Hospitals force Folwell to back off State Health Plan reforms

    This week, Julie Havlak reported on the latest update from N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell on the State Health Plan. According to Havlak’s story published in Carolina Journal, Folwell has officially ended his efforts to pull large hospital conglomerates into his Clear Pricing Project: Under the new version of the State…
    Brenee Goforth, August 9, 2019
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    Alcohol for the public good

    A letter writer to the Hendersonville Times-News worries that private liquor sales would eliminate “profits for public advantage” and put personal profits ahead of the “control and prevention of underage drinking.” Alcoholic Beverage Control managers, however, seek personal profits just as much as a private business would. The current system…
    Joseph Coletti, August 7, 2019