Transparency (page 9)

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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
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    Elon scholar identifies problems, potential solutions in N.C. public records law

    State law promises access to North Carolina’s public records. But flaws within that law can reduce government transparency and increase inefficiency. That’s the argument Elliot Engstrom, fellow at the Elon University School of Law, presented to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Engstrom identified key problems with the current law.
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2017
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    Today at Noon at JLF: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Of NC’s Public Records Law

    Don’t miss Elliot Engstrom today at JLF — 12 Noon. Save your seat here. North Carolina’s Public Records Act provides for public access to government records. In pursuit of a general policy of openness, the Act lays out a process for requesting and, when necessary, suing for access to…
    Donna Martinez, September 25, 2017