Transparency (page 6)

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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
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    Regulatory reforms that help businesses start and grow

    State governments can take a number of steps to help businesses start and expand. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts provides examples from across the country of how regulators have used online permitting portals to make applying for permits easier and faster, prioritized enforcement against frequent violators of regulations,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that State Treasurer Dale Folwell is frustrated by the lack of transparency from UNC Health Care. Lindsay Marchello reports that Carolina Beach has overturned a prohibition on out-of-town food trucks that prompted a well-publicized lawsuit. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal ponders…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2018
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    How government measures mislead

    We have often made the case for government transparency and measurement to improve government performance and outcomes. Consultants Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene provide examples of how bad incentives and bad motives can lead to bad reporting of numbers. Altering scores: The infamous example of 11 Atlanta teachers who were…
    Joseph Coletti, August 27, 2018
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    Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018