New economic development group starts up, but private donors’ identities still unknown

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North Carolina handed off its job recruitment efforts to a newly established public-private partnership last week, in hopes that privatizing much of the state’s economic development work will bring more jobs to the state. Just a week into operation, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina is already struggling with questions about transparency [Continue Reading...]


How accessible should conflict-of-interest forms be? N.C. Ethics Commission to decide

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North Carolina’s ethics commission pulled the plug this summer on an online database of public officials’ financial disclosure forms as it wrestles with questions about what information should be accessible with a click of a computer mouse. The commission, established in 2006 after the state saw a series of public corruption scandals, decided [Continue Reading...]


Poor families facing cuts to child-care program

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Fewer working families will be eligible for child-care subsidies, if proposals in both the state House and Senate budget to change the income thresholds of participating families are adopted. The changes could affect up to 11 percent of the families that currently receive help, with legislative fiscal staff estimating nearly 12,000 of the 110,000 children [Continue Reading...]


Your Soapbox — On the Chopping Block: Elderly and disabled speak up about state budget cuts putting lives at risk

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Legislative leaders with the state Senate proposed massive cuts last week to the state’s Medicaid and other health and human services programs that serve the poor, disabled and elderly. The cuts include eliminating Medicaid coverage for nearly 12,000 elderly blind or disabled people and a $1 million reduction to a popular program that delivers meals and provides in-home health services to the elderly. [Continue Reading...]


State’s jobs czar without economic development experience, faced questions in past job

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The Raleigh businessman and “change agent” selected to steer the McCrory administration’s privatization of the state’s job recruitment efforts came into the high-profile job with no economic development background and a checkered work history. Richard “Dick” Lindenmuth, 69, will be taking charge of an entirely new method of economic development in the state [Continue Reading...]


DHHS looking at cuts to program for disabled babies, toddlers after ENC consolidation plan falls apart

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The state health agency’s cost-saving plan to shut down three offices serving developmentally delayed babies and toddlers has unexpectedly derailed, leaving questions about how deeply services will be cut. With the offices now staying open, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services still needs to find $10 million worth of cuts the [Continue Reading...]