Transparency

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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
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    Sales Tax Promises

    Scott Sexton at the Winston-Salem Journal raises an important concern about county sales tax promises. Forsyth County commissioners say revenue from a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase will go to teachers, but under a strange (and correctable) quirk in state law that pertains to such things, county officials can’t…
    Joseph Coletti, October 4, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Uncertain policy has economic cost

    This week, syndicated columnist John Hood published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal on the economic costs of such uncertain policy. Hood writes: [T]here is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that the uncertainty of economic policy is itself harmful to the economy. When people can’t predict with at least…
    Brenee Goforth, September 23, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Transparency essential to health reform

    This week, syndicated columnist John Hood published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal on transparency in health care. According to Hood: When State Treasurer Dale Folwell took office in early 2017, he found North Carolina’s State Health Plan to be in even worse shape than he originally thought. Costs were…
    Brenee Goforth, August 29, 2019
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    JLF’s Jordan Roberts Offers Five Ways to Lower Health Care Costs in the Fayetteville Observer

    Last week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published an opinion piece in the Fayetteville Observer on methods to lower the cost of health care. According to Roberts, health care expenditures have gotten out-of-hand: Inflation-adjusted national health expenditures per person were $2,848 in 1980. In 2017, Americans paid $10,379 per person in health…
    Brenee Goforth, August 15, 2019
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    It’s Time to Reform the N.C. Criminal Code

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt reported in a research brief on the state of North Carolina’s criminal code. Schietzelt puts forward an ordinance from Lillington, N.C. as an example of the overcomplexity and disorganization of criminal laws in the state. Lillington Ordinance 90.26 reads: 90.26 POSSESSION OF ANIMALS AND STRAYS.
    Brenee Goforth, August 14, 2019
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    Local Doctor Sues the State over “Arcane” CON Laws

    This week, the Winston-Salem Journal published a piece on Dr. Gajendra Singh, a surgeon providing low-cost screenings and health care services. According to the story: [Singh is] suing the state over arcane rules that basically allow it to control the marketplace through a monopoly rather than patients/consumers and old-fashioned competition.
    Brenee Goforth, August 13, 2019