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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators have loosed restrictions on the state’s targeted tax incentive program for economic development. Jon Sanders explains why that’s a bad idea during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops offers a firsthand account of North Carolina’s charter school development process. UNC-Chapel Hill business…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the bill that would shake up membership of boards overseeing N.C. elections and ethics enforcement. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal ponders N.C. incentives and Apple’s decision to locate its new expansion in Austin.
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    More fiscal notes, please

    We’ve been generally supportive of the General Assembly’s approach to budgeting, even as we’ve cautioned against overspending and continued to seek reforms in the process. Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene highlight North Carolina in their summary of a useful report from the left-of-center Center for Budget and Policy Priorities on…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2018
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    Boy, am I glad Apple went elsewhere, too

    The jaw-dropping extent of North Carolina's incentives package for this "transformative" project would have eclipsed its benefits for North Carolinians.
    Jon Sanders, December 13, 2018
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    “Medicare-for-All” ignores the benefits of private enterprise

    The idea of universal healthcare in the United States is currently more popular than ever. The idea has gained steam in Congress and among many young, progressive members of Congress as the only solution to save our inefficient healthcare system. Many on the…
    Jordan Roberts, December 13, 2018
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    $4 million (more) to widen U.S. 70 for Publix

    Greensboro News & Recordreports the Greensboro-area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to “boost the budget” by $4 million to widen U.S. 70 in guilford County to accommodate a planned Publix distribution center: Among other benefits, the 1.2-mile highway project will help serve the Publix development, said Mike Mills, a division…
    Sam Hieb, December 13, 2018
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    Fox News gives Crazy Bernie equal time

    Sorry our liberal friends missed ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’ last night. Baier conducts a seven-minute interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders on various subjects, including Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen war and the potential government shutdown. So much for Fox News being a mouthpiece for the Trump administration.
    Sam Hieb, December 13, 2018
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    Federalist column offers suggestions for lowering health care costs

    David Bicksler offers Federalist readers ideas for lowering health care costs. First, require lower medical prices and insurance premiums when bills are paid at the time of visit with cash, debit card, or check, without the medical provider filing insurance claims forms or waiting for payment. The cash…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018