When the buildings start crumbling

by Scott Mooneyham Some years ago, then-House Speaker Jim Black pushed an idea akin to so-called mortgage bullet payments to pay for new state buildings. The state would have paid very little on the construction for 20 years, then had a note come due for the principal and most of...
Posted On 20 Feb 2014

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...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014

In a bottom-line world, let’s examine the bottom line

by Scott Mooneyham A top executive from a for-profit online education company has been making the rounds lately trying to sell the idea of a virtual charter school to state policymakers. Mary Gifford, who is senior vice president for education policy at K12 Inc., spoke to a study...
Posted On 06 Feb 2014

Trying to peer behind the legislative curtain

by Scott Mooneyham Throughout the debate of a sweeping voter ID and elections law bill, Republican supporters said it was an attempt to restore public confidence in the election process. Democrats, at the state and national level, called it a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress...
Posted On 30 Jan 2014

Let’s not kill all the auditors

by Scott Mooneyham Some community college presidents and trustees should probably answer a simple question: Do you pay attention to the larger world outside your own door? Last year, as the legislative session was winding down, the community college presidents and trustees in...
Posted On 16 Jan 2014