Transparency

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    How to help voters understand the tax implications of new debt

    Do North Carolina local authorities make clear enough the tax implications of borrowing? State law requires ballot referenda  to include language authorizing payment of bonds and interest and “providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds be…
    Joseph Coletti, July 17, 2018
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    Cronyism’s Cost in Competitiveness

    New research continues to highlight the economic burdens imposed by big government regulations and big corporation cronyism in the US. For all the concerns about the heavy hand of Brussels on members of the European Union—and in Europe’s most competitive countries, this was a real concern—the EU has actually reduced…
    Joseph Coletti, June 12, 2018
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    Improving data in state government

    State Auditor Beth Wood and her staff work in a building that has been smoke-free for years. It has been illegal to smoke in state-government buildings since 2010. In recent testimony to the Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, however, Wood noted that janitorial contracts require ash trays to be emptied every…
    Joseph Coletti, May 30, 2018
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    Why do politicians offer economic development incentives?

    The state’s long-term commitment of incentives to Apple and others, is “just burning money,” according to Nathan Jensen of the University of Texas. He told WRAL that past 20 years, What you’re offering doesn’t make it any more attractive. You’re really borrowing against future revenues for very little benefit. The…
    Joseph Coletti, May 21, 2018
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    Podcasts worth listening to this week

    Some great conversations made my time in the car much better this week Steven Teles is one of the most insightful people writing about conservatism and government, from the Federalist Society to the kludgy way government has evolved. He’s a liberal working with libertarians at the Niskanen…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Media outlets win court battle with UNC over records of student sex offense cases

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court and ordered UNC-Chapel Hill to release records related to sex offenses involving students. The student-run Daily Tar Heel, Capitol Broadcasting, Charlotte Observer, and Durham Herald-Sun had sued Chancellor Carol Folt and her top public records…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. House Democratic leader Darren Jackson’s criticism of Republicans’ actions linked to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. John Trump’s Daily Journal highlights the importance of public records and transparent government.
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the work of a committee studying potential splits of N.C. public school districts. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal highlights Gov. Roy Cooper’s inconsistent support for government transparency.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2018