Government programs — the real fraud

by Lee Brett In modern American politics, citizens regularly expect the government to intervene in the economy. Small wonder that politicians from both sides of the aisle constantly promise to “create jobs” and “stimulate the economy” while on the campaign trail. Once in office,...

HHS salary scandal not just about the money

by Chris Fitzsimon The day before reporter Sarah Ovaska at NC Policy Watch broke the news that two 24-year-old former campaign staffers for Governor Pat McCrory working at the Department of Health and Human Services received huge pay raises last spring, the Wilmington Star-News...

Time to set the stories straight

by Chris Malone Earlier this year a leaked document offered a statewide contingent of left-leaning activists, consultants and media types a strategy to “eviscerate” Republicans at the Legislature. You can find elements of this program throughout the statewide media. Considering...

When education and politics collide

by John Hood When educational statistics and state politics collide, the results can be cringe-inducing. A memorable example dates back to March 4, 1999, when the governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the results of national reading...

New budget repairs balance sheet

by John Hood As Democrats and Republicans debated North Carolina’s recently approved state budget, they devoted much of their attention to the income statement of state government. They argued about next year’s revenues and expenditures. What didn’t get nearly as much attention...

Time off … but not for good behavior

by Angela Hight While there are questions lingering about criminal justice matters that are being fought for all over the country there is a question that still lingers. Why do judges levy prison sentences if the convicted criminals aren’t going to serve the entirety of their...

Apologize sincerely

by D.G. Martin Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it. Say you’re sorry and move on. And that is what I did when some folks took offense at my recent column...

Lift health reform’s deductible cap

by Janet Trautwein The Obama Administration recently announced that it would delay until 2015 the health reform law’s “employer mandate,” which will require all companies with at least 50 full-time employees to offer health insurance or pay a fine. The delay...

Black robes huddling in the shadows

by Scott Moonyham When any part of a scandal involving a public entity or well-known person becomes public, the details usually come out as well. Try as they might, by hiring lawyers or hiding behind secretive processes, those involved generally have trouble covering up the...

Making education a better investment

by John Hood Is state spending on education an investment or a political payoff? Critics of the North Carolina state budget just approved by Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature use the term “investment” a lot. But their arguments sound more like cheap politics. If education...

Seedy dealings at tech center

by Lee Brett Financial mismanagement and waste are nothing new in government. But it seems that these days, you can’t turn your head without seeing something amiss. Earlier this summer, the Civitas Institute helped to uncover corruption at the Rural Economic Development Center....

Time for careful reading by the Governor

by Chris Fitzsimon When Governor Pat McCrory finally gets around to reading the voter suppression bill he promised to sign even though he admitted he wasn’t familiar with all its provisions, he will find a lot of changes to election laws that have nothing to do with requiring...