Transparency

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    The News and Observer Highlights Health Care Comments by JLF’s Becki Gray

    Earlier this week, The Raleigh News and Observer published a story on the House Medicaid compromise bill. House Bill 655, or “NC Health Care for Working Families,” is a proposed compromise to Gov. Cooper’s demands for Medicaid expansion; demands which he is using to hold up the state…
    Brenee Goforth, July 12, 2019
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    Wise Words from Justice Gorsuch

    Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in United States v. Davis, that a federal law authorizing heightened criminal penalties for using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in connection with a “crime of violence or drug trafficking crime” is unconstitutionally vague. Justice Gorsuch starts his opinion for the majority by reminding…
    Jon Guze, June 25, 2019
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    Feds contacted after lefty group sought voter data

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon details an interesting development in the debate over access to voter data. A massive effort to obtain Michigan voter data spearheaded by powerhouse Democratic group Priorities USA was so “unusual” that top officials in the state contacted the Federal Bureau of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    A proposal targeting Big Tech’s politics

    Chris White of the Daily Caller highlights a new proposal focusing on Big Tech’s political bias. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Wednesday that would force tech companies to prove their political neutrality or face increased liability for use-made content. Hawley introduced the Ending Support for Internet…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Obama administration deleted evidence of immigration concerns

    Jason Hopkins of the Daily Caller details disturbing news about government transparency within the closing days of the Obama administration. The Obama administration deleted hundreds of speeches and statements on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website just hours before President Donald Trump officially entered office, according to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 14, 2019
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    Should investors care about the political giving of CEOs?

    A new working paper by Alma Cohen of Harvard, Roberto Tallarita of Harvard Law School, and Moshe Hazan and David Weiss of Tel-Aviv University finds CEOs of public companies tend to lean Republican and that public companies led by Republican CEOs tend to be less transparent in their political…
    Joseph Coletti, May 7, 2019
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    How North Carolina gained $470 million annually for transportation

    The Highway Fund and Highway Trust Fund pay the transportation needs of North Carolina. For most of their existence, these funds also transferred money to the General Fund and paid for operations of the State Highway Patrol. Bipartisan efforts since 2005 have ended these payments, meaning state government has $470…
    Joseph Coletti, May 6, 2019
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    How to compare budgets

    The State Capital and Infrastructure Fund is creating a load of confusion this budget season. The SCIF (pronounced “skiff”) was created in 2017 to wean the state from debt to pay for capital projects. Each fiscal year, 4% of General Fund tax revenue and 25% of unreserved cash from the…
    Joseph Coletti, May 1, 2019