Transparency

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    Political reporting in state capitals

    “For those who have an appetite for politics and the free time to pursue it, this is a journalistic Golden Age,” Alan Ehrenhalt, senior editor of Governing magazine, writes. “For the ordinary voter who thinks about politics only at election time, it is more like a Dark Age.” Ehrenhalt…
    Joseph Coletti, December 6, 2018
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    What if we monitored hurricane relief distribution?

    Before Hurricane Florence hit, Republican legislators had criticized Gov. Roy Cooper for the slow pace of distributing relief funds after 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. Research in India points to the potential for follow-up phone calls to make sure people get the help they have been promised. Just telling randomly selected…
    Joseph Coletti, November 28, 2018
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    CJ reports: Hospitals not transparent in pricing

    Carolina Journal reports on State Treasurer Dale Folwell pushing for price transparency in NC hospitals. State Treasurer Dale Folwell wants the U.S. Department of Justice to require all North Carolina hospitals to be transparent in their pricing and recover excessive charges hospitals made to the State Health Plan. He…
    Anna Manning, November 27, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018
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    State employees and teachers can slow growth in health costs

    New ID cards from the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees made at least one teacher angry. What exactly do the cards and accompanying letter say? State government insures itself and contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to administer the program. Legislators have never…
    Joseph Coletti, November 7, 2018
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    Wall Street Journal: ‘State AGs for rent.’ What about NC?

    This troubling new scheme gives privately funded environmental litigator/activists — who are unaccountable to the people — state police power, if the attorney general demonstrates environmental fealty to the special-interest group funding it.
    Jon Sanders, November 7, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on State Health Plan changes that would save money and boost transparency. The Daily Journal ponders tough choices policymakers face about rebuilding after Hurricane Florence.
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2018
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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