Transparency

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    Who is supposed to collect the ACP payment?

    The $57.8 million payment agreed between Gov. Cooper and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline partners remains in limbo and a new investigative committee will “probe Cooper’s involvement with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” Dan Way writes for Carolina Journal. From committee debate, it appears nobody knows, or will say, whether the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 6, 2018
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    Regulatory reforms that help businesses start and grow

    State governments can take a number of steps to help businesses start and expand. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts provides examples from across the country of how regulators have used online permitting portals to make applying for permits easier and faster, prioritized enforcement against frequent violators of regulations,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that State Treasurer Dale Folwell is frustrated by the lack of transparency from UNC Health Care. Lindsay Marchello reports that Carolina Beach has overturned a prohibition on out-of-town food trucks that prompted a well-publicized lawsuit. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal ponders…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2018
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    How government measures mislead

    We have often made the case for government transparency and measurement to improve government performance and outcomes. Consultants Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene provide examples of how bad incentives and bad motives can lead to bad reporting of numbers. Altering scores: The infamous example of 11 Atlanta teachers who were…
    Joseph Coletti, August 27, 2018
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    Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018
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    A better minimum wage?

    David Neumark, director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, proposes taxpayers directly fund half of any minimum wage increase with a high-wage tax credit (HWTC).  He offers three advantages of his proposal in today’s Wall Street Journal: First, by offsetting part…
    Joseph Coletti, August 22, 2018
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    Martin Center president explores link between higher ed transparency, student debt

    Jenna Robinson’s latest Martin Center column explores the potential impact of increased transparency on college student debt. The Department of Education is poised to replace Obama-era regulations on for-profit colleges and universities with more broad-based transparency measures. On August 10, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed her plan to fully…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018
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    Can small towns be saved?

    A number of towns and cities have gone overbudget and lack the staff or oversight to successfully manage their finances warned State Auditor Beth Wood and Revenue Secretary Ronald Penny at a recent Local Government Commission meeting. The biggest problem is their small size. In the most recent estimate from the…
    Joseph Coletti, July 31, 2018