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    House Budget – A Dozen Initial Take-Aways

    We’re still combing through last week’s committee reports, sorting out details from this morning’s Finance meeting and waiting for the full budget documents, but we’re starting to get a picture of what the House proposes in its budget. Here are a dozen things that struck me: 1. Spending is same…
    Becki Gray, May 30, 2017
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    UNC’s attempt to avoid transparency attracts national attention

    Eric Owens of the Daily Caller shines an unwanted spotlight on the state’s flagship public university. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has turned down a television station’s open records request by claiming that it is a law enforcement agency. UNC Chapel Hill officials made their…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
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    Look no further than film incentives, solar subsidies, and the recent vote on craft freedom

    From Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action, 1949, pp. 865-866. (To understand this passage in terms of the Orwellian language that dominates modern politics in North Carolina and elsewhere substitute the word stakeholders for Mises’ use of the phrase “pressure groups.”) The public looks askance upon the lobbyists and blames…
    Roy Cordato, May 19, 2017
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    N.C. schools had 860 sexual assaults over the last four years

    From an investigation conducted by The Associated Press, Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no school is immune. AP journalists spent a year…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2017
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    Hiding HUD problems

    Ethan Barton of the Daily Caller explains that the public has been kept in the dark about problems at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A government watchdog withheld at least 14 reports that revealed department-wide problems that allow fraud and waste at a…
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2017
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    State Budget Crisis Unlikely

    The Insider recently reported on a Fiscal Research Division analysis showing the Senate’s “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” would lead to $600 million shortfalls in three of the next five years. Fiscal staff started from the assumption that state government would do all the same things…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2017
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    North Carolina Health Insurance Companies Won’t Be Forced To Offer Telemedicine Services

    For now. HB 283,The Telehealth Fairness Act, would have required insurance companies to pay medical providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise covered during an in-office visit. Telemedicine has proven to be a cost-effective method to deliver care, and 32 other states already have similar…
    Katherine Restrepo, April 5, 2017
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    Fight the Myth of Fair Trade

    As Barron’s editorial page editor Thomas Donlan notes in his March 6 editorial: “Fair trade” is never fair, because it always means that the deadening thumb of government has to adjust the scales of commerce in favor of domestic businesses that can’t succeed any other way.
    Kory Swanson, March 16, 2017