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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. lawmakers’ frustrations about the state Department of Health and Human Services’ failure to launch a mandated watchdog group. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the economic benefits of offshore oil and gas drilling outweigh the costs for North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018
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    Better people, better contracts

    To some people, Bureaucratic Competence and Procurement Outcomes may sound like the first draft of a Dilbert punchline, but it’s actually a new working paper that considers how competence varies within government, even when quality is generally high with little variation. The authors find, if all federal bureaus…
    Joseph Coletti, January 16, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What is the General Fund?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. The General Fund is what people tend to think of as the State Budget. Money raised for general, unspecified purposes goes there. Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, roughly $23.6 billion from state…
    Joseph Coletti, January 9, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Experts fear poorly designed government policies could make North Carolina’s opioid epidemic worse. Rick Henderson discusses Carolina Journal’s cover story on the issue during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders analyzes two recent reports that highlight the licensing barriers North Carolina places in the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 22, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on concerns surrounding state agencies’ data breaches. John Hood’s Daily Journal recounts the nearly 100-year-old story of a North Carolina leader who helped stop the federal government from putting limits on Christmas during wartime.
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2017
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    State Agency: We’re Installing GPS In State Vehicles To Increase Tracking

    Upon news of this audit from Beth Wood’s office, as reported by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way: A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary…
    Donna Martinez, November 30, 2017
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    Federal Trade Commission Cronyism Exposed

    If you want to find out how the movie industry has, in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, rigged the regulatory game against their up and coming competitors on platforms like YouTube, watch well known YouTube creator and consultant MatPat’s latest Film Theory. Note that in less than 2…
    Roy Cordato, October 16, 2017
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    A simple change to help citizens’ voices be heard

    I came across this piece from Port City Daily, and the headline caught my eye: This man wants to change the way New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners hear public comments. It turns out that the point of concern is a simple one.  Currently, the time allocated to public comments…
    Julie Tisdale, October 9, 2017