Transparency

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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
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    School boards have a transparency problem

    In honor of Sunshine Week, WRAL outlines a few of the problems that journalists face when they try to obtain minutes from closed sessions of school board and State Board of Education meetings.  Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis gets a well-deserved mention in the article. One thing boards sometimes refuse…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2018
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    All About Entitlements

    Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will, if not reformed, take more than one-fifth of economic output in 25 years, according to Stanford Prof. John Cogan. Increases in spending on other domestic programs, debt service, and national defense are dwarfed in comparison.  …
    Joseph Coletti, February 23, 2018
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    Voluntary contribution? You can’t do that!

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office did not answer a number of questions about the proposed $58 million escrow payment. The budget office’s response to General Assembly staff called the payment a “voluntary contribution” to the state. There is no precedent for this. In fact, I tried years ago…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2018