Healthcare hits keep coming

by Brian Balfour In recent days the Affordable Care Act landed a one-two punch against the economy and working families. One of the fundamentals of economics is the lesson that incentives matter. Institutional rewards and punishments for certain behavior will result in people...

Here come the turnaround consultants

by Scott Mooneyham That the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has hired a turnaround consultant to help sort out its Medicaid operations does not say good things about where things currently stand within the state agency. Obviously, where things stand in the...
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Of Spenser and Seuss

by Jean McCamy Robert B. Parker died in 2010 and I think I subconsciously put off reading Sixkill, the 39th and last Spenser novel, because I didn’t want to say goodbye. It was hard to turn the last page. Spenser fans have happily followed not only the lead character, but his...

New data clarify jobless trends

by John Hood Last July, North Carolina became the first state to exit the federal government’s extended-benefits program for unemployment insurance. Six months later, at the start of 2014, extended benefits ceased in the rest of the country. President Obama and some politicians...