Transparency

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    Treasurer Dale Folwell Demands Price Transparency

    On Friday, March 20, 2020, State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced his intention to rescue the State Health Plan with price transparency. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reports: With the State Health Plan, Folwell blames inflated prices and “secret contracts” for its financial woes. But his Clear Pricing Project was blocked last year, when…
    Brenee Goforth, March 23, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s commitment to transparency involving the State Health Plan and public pensions. John Trump’s Daily Journal explains how the COVID-19 pandemic exposes flaws in North Carolina’s alcohol regulations.
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the governor’s decision to close all N.C. schools for two weeks. Brooke Conrad reports on Sunshine Week and government attempts to hide information. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds us that believing rumors can be dangerous.
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2020
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    Tax votes split 4-4

    With a competitive Democratic presidential primary and a Republican incumbent, eight counties saw an opportunity to get voter approval for a sales tax referendum. This was the first presidential primary year with more an incumbent Republican and an open field for Democrats and the results for sales tax votes reflected…
    Joseph Coletti, March 4, 2020
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    NO SURPRISE BILLS at Greenville Surgery Center

    Imagine going into a surgery knowing exactly what your bill would be at the end. It’s hard to imagine in America’s secretive world of health care, but that is exactly what Greenville-based surgeon Wade Naziri offers at his independent surgery center. Carolina Journal reporter Julie Havlak wrote a story this…
    Brenee Goforth, February 28, 2020
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    North Carolina as a model for OPEB retiree health benefits

    Retiree health benefits today represent a $31 billion unfunded liability for state government on top of the $10 billion unfunded liability for state employee pensions. Daniel DiSalvo of the Manhattan Institute writes in a paper released today that North Carolina could offer a model for other states…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports on the limited action in the General Assembly’s latest one-day session. Brooke Conrad and Kari Travis report on the potential impact of a transparency lawsuit linked to UNC’s Silent Sam controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights a dramatic fall in child poverty.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Silent Sam controversy and the UNC System’s ongoing transparency problems. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why no policy report ever will resolve North Carolina’s debate over education funding.
    Mitch Kokai, December 16, 2019